How to Use Enzymes?

Stain removal with enzymes. What can it remove and how to use it.

Enzymes are great for removing protein and tannin stains. Basically that’s everything that goes into or comes out of your body. Many food and drinks like milk, beef juice, soy sauce, chicken soup, alcohol, wine, tea, coffee or other proteins like blood, urine, feces, and vomit all can be removed with a good enzyme remover. It will not however remove food dyes or food and liquids containing dyes like fruit punch, yellow mustard, yellow curry, popsicle, and other foods with artificial coloring.

You can purchase enzymes almost anywhere these days, from your local natural food store to the pet shop. Most are design the same way in a liquid form and can be applied directly to the stain without mixing.

Most of the enzymes are safe for your colored garments but it is always a good idea to test your garment before you start. Take a white towel and wet it with the enzyme solution, then blot a hidden area of the garment. If you have any color loss do not apply enzyme solution to the garment. If you have slight color loss it will be safer to soak the entire garment in the enzyme solution so the color will fade evenly. If you have a lot of color loss then do not use either process because even if the stain is removed the garment will be damaged due to color loss.

Finish the process by washing normally.

Enzymes is a great green product easy to use and will remove a high percentage of stains. The only draw back is that it takes a long long time for it to work.

If in doubt consult your local dry cleaner or send us a email.

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito is your non toxic alternative to solvent dry cleaning,

proudly leading the way in garment care today and into a healthy future.

Marin and San Francisco’s 1st Certified Dry Cleaner

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