The short answer is unfortunately no, not all stains can be removed, and here are three reasons why.
- The longer a stain is left untreated, the less likely it is to be removed. When a spill first occurs, it sits on the surface of the fabric, but over time, that spill can start to react with the fabric causing the fabric to actually change colors. So when a neglected stain is finally addressed and actually removed, the fabric where the stain once sat is now a different color. That’s why we always say when you spill something on a garment, bring it to us as soon as possible.
- Not knowing what the stain is made of makes it more difficult to remove. Different stains require different approaches. If a spotter knows what the stain is, they can automatically choose the appropriate product or method. When they don’t know what the stain is, they rely on their years of experience and training to make an educated decision. Many times they start out with the mildest methods and agents first. If that doesn’t work, then they try something stronger. This process continues until either the stain is removed or the spotter realizes that they could damage the garment if they continue. Sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all stain remover, so that’s why we always ask that you share as much information as possible at drop off.
- There are some stains that are incredibly stubborn, but place that stain on a delicate fabric, then it becomes even more challenging and sometimes impossible to remove.
The bottom line on successful stain removal is to address it as soon as possible, let us know at drop off what the spill is, and never put anything away without cleaning it first. For more information about stain removal, check out our article entitled Stain Removal Tips. If you have questions about or need assistance with a particular stain, stop by one of our locations and speak to a member of our trained staff.