I’m a fashion expert: if you see 4 types of stains, it’s time to call the dry cleaners

Many people avoid taking their clothes to the dry cleaners because they prefer to save money.

While some stains can be treated at home with a few helpful tricks, some stains are worth going to the dry cleaner no matter what.

The first thing to do when deciding how to clean a garment is to read the label.

If the label specifically says “dry clean only”, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should follow those instructions.

However, dealing with troublesome stains that don’t come out at home may require a trip to the dry cleaners.

Stains that can be treated at home

Non-greasy stains are usually the easiest stains you can manage yourself.

According to the Washington Post: “Soft drinks, wine, candies other than chocolate, ketchup, coffee and ink – can all be washed down with water.”

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Stains that need to be treated in dry cleaners

According to D Detergentsit is extremely common for dry cleaners to deal with tannin stains.

Tannin stains are simply any stain that can be water-based.

Tannin stains that contain sugar or dairy usually take more time and care.

Grease, grease or petroleum based oil stains are known to be quite difficult to remove around the home, which is why it is common for these types of stains to be treated in dry cleaners as well.

Protein based stains from organic materials are treated with enzymatic cleaners in professional dry cleaning facilities.


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Some examples of protein stains include sweat and blood.

Finally, dye stains are incredibly difficult to manage on their own, which means professional dry cleaners will come in handy if such a problem arises.

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