Isn’t it flattering to be considered an expert? I’m the family expert in running, cooking, accounting and now stain removal. And it’s even extended past immediate family to friends of in-laws. I’m flattered!
My sister-in-law called me not too long ago with a question that her friends asked her to ask me. As she described the stains, it sounded very similar to an issue I was having last summer – the dreaded mystery stain. They were having issues with spots that made the fabric appear a bit darker than the actual color. I explained that it sounded like an oil based stain and could come from accidentally dripping dressing while eating or having oil pop on you while cooking. I told her that the stain could be removed but not with just regular washing and regular detergent – it needed to be treated to be broken down. Oil in fabric is a rather tricky stain to remove. I suggested she forward this chart to her friends:
but with a qualifier. If it is an expensive item, I suggested she tell them to take it to their local cleaner. I also told her that I solved my problem mostly – I now cook with an apron.