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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Removing Ice Cream Stains

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Bless you Ronald Reagan.   The thing about ice cream is – when you have a 9 year old boy – it always ends up being spilled on something, and that something is usually what he is wearing.  You would think that ice cream would be an easy stain to remove and for the most part that’s true, but ice cream is a protein-based stain, and they can sometimes be contrary.  The key with this type of stain removal is to address it as soon as possible and to avoid using really hot water.  Here are some tips for removing an ice cream stain from clothing:
  • If you spill a big blob on yourself, use a blunt knife, spoon, or white paper towel to remove the excess.
  • Wash as soon as possible after the big spill, but check the care label to be certain the item can be washed.  If it is silk, wool, or a delicate fabric, you might want to consider leaving it to a professional.
  • If the item is safe to wash, rinse the area with cold water, running the water through the back of the fabric.
  • Treat the area with either a liquid laundry detergent that contains enzymes or a color-safe bleach.  Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Launder according to the care label’s directions, but avoid using hot water.
  • Check the garment to make sure the stain has been removed before placing it in the dryer.  If in doubt, let it air dry and then check. 
  • If it remains, try repeating the process.  If it has been removed, dry and press according to the care label’s directions.
Just a few reminders:
  • Never place a garment with a stain in the dryer.  Doing so will cause the stain to set, making it virtually impossible to remove.
  • Know when to say when; making too many attempts could cause color loss.
If you decide to give ice cream removal a shot and are unsuccessful or if you’d rather leave it to a professional, our trained staff will be glad to tackle it for you.  Just drop it off at any one of our locations, and we will gladly take care of it for you.

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