How Do I Prevent Getting Stains On My Clothes?
How to Prevent Staining My Clothes?
Tips of the Day….For Personal Care….
Take care of all personal beauty and hygiene before getting dressed. Many product will stain or cause damage to dyes and materials.
- Hair Spray and Hair Gel: Hair products that are created to hold your hair in
place have a glue like effect on your hair and clothes. Place a towel around
your shoulder before applying the hair spray. Keep wet hair with hair gel away
from the collar of your clothes. These products will create a grey hard surface
on your clothes. May cause damage when removed from delicate materials and
- Tooth Paste: Whitening tooth paste contain some form of bleaching agent to whiten your teeth. This whitening agent will remove color from garments.
- Hand and Body Lotions: Apply the lotion and allow it time to penetrate before
touching your clothes. All lotions are oil based and will leave an oily stain
on your clothes if touched.
- After Shave: After Shaves contain alcohol. The alcohol will damage many types of dye by causing it to bleed out and leave a dark ring or stripping the dye out
of the garment.
- Cosmetics: There are all different types of cosmetics, many are oil base products, some are permanent. Either way, if this gets on your garment you will have a stained garment. At best it will be a oil stain, but if it’s a permanent
mascara you will have an irremovable stain.
- Wet Hair: The water from wet hair can cause certain types of dye to bleed. Garments that have been dry cleaned often will contain redeposition from dirty solvents, the water from wet hair will cause this redeposition to create dark rings. Wet Cleaned and washed garments do not have this problem.
- Colognes and Perfumes: These products are all alcohol based and will cause dye damage to your garments. Alcohol often causes dyes to bleed out and strip the color from that area.
Tips of the Day….For Stain Prevention….
- Drinking and Driving: We are not taking about drinking and drive under the influence of alcohol, worse, drinking and driving with a cup of coffee creates LOTS of business for dry cleaners. One of the most common stain we see is spilled coffee while driving. Next would be dropped food while eating and driving. That will be the CHP’s next campaign, “Don’t Eat and Drive.”
- Shoe Polish: Nicely polished shoe’s whether they are loafers or stilettos will
have an oil base shoe polish on it. As your pant hems rub on your shoes it will
cause dark streaks along the bottom of your pant. After polishing your shoes
allow a few days for the polish to absorb into the leather, then remove the
excess polish with a clean towel before wearing.
- Leather and Suede Jackets: Wear a collared shirt or scarf that will cover your neck to prevent your body oils from rubbing onto your leather or suede jacket.
Leather and Suede are natural skins that absorb the oils from your body.
Removal of these oils will often damage the skin as they need oils to stay
supple. If an oil remover is applied to the collar to remove your body oils,
that portion of skin will no longer absorb the natural oils in the cleaning
process that protects the skin.
- Rain Ware: There is only a few materials that are truly usable as raincoats. The
best is a material backed with rubber, like the yellow raincoats we wore as
school kids. The next best material will be a Gortex type synthetic that will
block the water from penetrating. Having spent many hours in rain/snow storm I
can personal attest, water will penetrate Gortex after a few hours. Other types
of Polyesters will have a coating that will keep the water from permeating.
Often I see people wear their leather jackets or wool coats as raincoats, this
is a bad idea. Exposing the leather to water will cause the skin to dry out and
crack or leave water drop stains. If not handle properly rainwater may cause
your wool coat to shrink or lose its shape.
- Silver and Gold Jewelry: Precious metals such as silver and gold are soft metals that easily rub off onto your clothes. Deceivingly, they do not rub off as the color of the metal, they leave black marks on your garments. Often you will see black rings around your cuff and collar from your watch, bracelet, and
necklace. I’m happy to say it’s not you, it’s your jewelry.
- Cooking: With our hectic lives we often rush home and start cooking, this is a bad idea. Take a few moments to change your clothes. Hot food stains, such as the ones from the frying pan, splattering from the sauce pot, or oozing over from thecasserole dish difficult to remove. Don’t take the chance in the kitchen with
your nice garments. Even some cold stains such as berries are difficult to
- Uniball and Gel Pens: These two types of pens are extremely popular but cause the most irreversible damage. The ink in these pens do not contain any oil such as ball point pens, so when the ink bleeds out onto your garment it is the
equivalent of dyeing the garment.
- Colored Party Napkins: All napkins were created white, then colored for your
festive event. When these colored napkins become wet the color often bleed out.
And if it’s on your lap then, guess what, you just dyed your garment the color
of the napkin.
Being human we will ignore one or more of these tips, not to
worry, search this blogsite for the proper stain removal techniques.
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