We know that when it comes to you clothes you’d like to keep them as nice as possible, for as long as possible. Your outfit is an expression of self, and one of the things that people notice first. So of course you’d like them to be in top shape. Everyday life, and accidents happen and we know that spilling food or drinks on your favorite blouse can be a mood ruiner. Often people don’t like to spend the extra money on cleaning their clothes because they think they can take care of it themselves, and although that may be true for some of the time, it’s not always the case. So let’s answer the burning question. Why should I take my clothes and spend the extra money to have them cleaned when I have a perfectly good cleaning system at home? Well let us start by answering your question with another question: How many times have you attempted to remove a stain yourself, and ended up making it worse or stain permanently? We’ve all done it, which is why there are professionals out there! Professional stain removal technicians have the knowledge, ability, and equipment to prevent further damage and make sure those stains don’t ruin your clothing permanently. They are able to use specific techniques while wetting the fabric, applying removal agents and then drying the fabrics once more. These techniques are to isolate and contain the stain during the removal process to prevent fabric and color damage. They are trained to recognize the nature of a stain based on color, location and reaction to removal substances, as well as the material of the fabric fibers to prevent damage. So how do they do it? Are they magic wizards sent to save us from a disastrous wardrobe malfunction? Not quite, but close. Science might be the closest thing they have to magic, but it sure does the trick. Stains are removed by dissolving them in different substances, for example dense substances such as oils and grease need to be dissolved with solvents, whereas substances like juices and sugars are water-soluble and are able to be dissolved with water. Some stains are removed by chemical reactions with other substances, and others can be dissolved with digestive enzymes so that more complex stains can be broken down into simpler and easier to remove stains. Just as a wizard needs a wand, Stain techs need equipment in order to work their magic. They typically use a specially designed board which allows them to work in small contained areas, the board is equipped with steam or water, a vacuum system and air for drying the area once the stain is removed. A variety of special tools, such as stain removal brushes, blotters, eye dropper, cotton swabs, and magnifying glass are also available to aid in the stain removal process. So your stain tech is potentially way more armed than your average wizard, and like a wizard needs to know his spells, a stain tech needs to know their fabrics in order to prevent damage to the fibers as some removal agents can work more harshly on certain fabrics than others. So how do they know? Surely they can’t be 100% sure all of the time and removing the care label is a common occurrence, which is why they have fiber identification tests which also assists to identify the construction of the fabric (woven, knit, lace etc) as this also affects potential damaging within the stain removal process.