Have you ever been all cleaned up, just about to go out the door only to look down and spot a mysterious stain on the front of your outfit? And you know you just did laundry yesterday, and you SWEAR that this stain wasn’t there before. Or maybe you just took your favorite summer outfit out of storage from the long winter and bam, a huge stain is staring up at you from the fabric fibres, and you’re thinking to yourself why would I store my favorite outfit with a monster stain on it? Well you probably didn’t. Not knowingly anyway because it is likely unfortunate that you have been struck by the invisible stain gremlin.
This invisible stain gremlin enjoys wreaking havoc on your stored clothes, he hides in the shadows in the closet to ensure you’ll never be able to wear your favorite outfits ever again! Hide your kids! Hide your wife! He has no mercy!!!
Okay okay, it’s not a gremlin persay, but your faint or ‘invisible’ stains can appear after washing as well as they can worsen over prolonged periods of time. No garment is safe, as this is true for items like wedding gowns, regardless if they are in a closed bag and sealed. You’re probably thinking have no fear, club soda and water are here! And although these may be good short term DIY solutions they are no match for the stain gremlin, long term.
The best thing to do? Double check, triple check you clothes before storing. If you know you spilled juice on that t shirt earlier but it seems it’s magically gone away – we are telling you now, to save you from the stain gremlin – it hasn’t. Ensuring you point out you stains to your dry cleaner at drop off will also make sure that the gremlin can stain your clothes in the future, especially before storage.
Substances like juice will appear invisible while dry, but oxidation of the sugar tannins during cleaning will cause the stain to appear once more, and once it’s been washed it is much harder – if not impossible – to remove. The other substance to be aware of is alcohol, Alcoholic stains can result in colour loss of the material, some materials that contain alcohol include perfume, skin freshener, after shave, cologne, hair spray, lotions, and some medicines.
The best short-term prevention is to thoroughly rinse all affected areas with water, taking care to blot-not rub-the stained areas immediately after staining happens, this will hopefully help protect you from any gremlins hiding in the closet through the night – keeping them from temptation – However the best option is to bring the garment to your cleaners untouched as it is easier for them to work on it initially, but remember, make sure you let them know about the stain spot and the cause of the stain!