After you get a fresh new pair of shoes or a fancy new dress shirt, it’s incredibly frustrating when it suddenly gets stained. Oftentimes you end up having to spend the rest of the day walking around with an unseemly blotch or streak on your clothes; a nagging hobgoblin reminding you of your or someone else’s clumsiness.

When you get a stain that just won’t disappear no matter what you do, it’s time to call Mr. Fresh Laundry Services to get your clothes cleaned professionally. With our high success-rate with removing stains, as well as our delivery options, it’s never been easier to get your clothes restored to their true, crisp state. Reach out to us today to get your clothes spot washed and dry cleaned!

Attacking Stains Head On

Before taking your clothes in to be dry cleaned, there are a number of things you can do that may help remove stains. Of course, different types of stains require different types of methods of cleaning. What we will be looking at today are the substances that are most likely to remove your stain without damaging your clothes in the process. Let’s dive in!

The 4 Most Powerful, Gentle Cleaning Substances

1. Water

Where would we be without water? With most types of stains, water is going to be extremely useful. Not only is water odorless, colorless, and extremely gentle on fabrics, it also is a wonderful solvent — meaning that some types of dirt will actually dissolve in it. However, for stains that are hydrophobic, namely oil and grease, water will not do much. In such cases, what is called for is…

2. Soap

Everyone knows that soap is awesome for washing clothes. How it works is that the chemical structure of soap is such that one part of the molecule is hydrophobic (water repellant) and another part is hydrophilic (attracted to water). The part that is hydrophobic attaches itself to dirt, oil, and other substances, while the part that is hydrophilic attaches to water molecules like high school sweethearts at Prom. Soap and water alone may be sufficient to take on your stain. Soap is useful for treating the following types of stains:

  • Coffee
  • Mud
  • Grease

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another extremely useful cleaning substance. This is because it is slightly alkaline, which helps dissolve dirt and grease — assisting water stains like John Stockton assisted his teammates on the Utah Jazz (Stockton being the NBA’s record holder for the most number of assists of all-time). Baking soda is a useful cleaning agent on everything from carpet to kitchen sinks.

4. Vinegar

Baking soda’s partner in crime, vinegar, is a classic, low-impact substance for removing stains. One solution for removing grease stains from clothes, for example, is a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water, followed by a bit of laundry soap and some water after the vinegar has done its work. Vinegar can be useful for treating the following type of common stains:

  • Grease
  • Urine
  • Coffee
  • Mud

When These Substances Aren’t Enough…

These four awesome substances (water, soap, baking soda, and vinegar) can make all the difference when it comes to cleaning your stains. For cleaning at home, these four are going to be able to deal with most types of stains. However, when you get that stubborn stain that refuses to disappear despite all your best efforts, it may be time to take it to professionals. Mr. Fresh’s dry cleaning and laundry services in Woodbridge will safely clean your clothes and take on even the toughest stain. Call us today for unmatched quality of dry cleaning!