One Cleaners

Couture Dry Cleaner for New Orleans

Tips + FAQ

Stain Philosophy

If you get a stain on your clothing, you can apply a myriad of "miracle" removers that are available on late-night TV, in grocery stores, and hawked in magazines. Everyone has their own special remedy, some of which have been handed down from generation to generation. And I'm ok with many of these, but some I am not!

My concern about many of these products and remedies stems from their lack of information and the proliferation of misinformation. Everyone wants a quick fix, but for many fragile and delicate garments there are no quick fixes. If you spend a lot of money on clothing, then you want it to last. Even if the blouse was a steal at $25 from H&M, you'd still want it to last 6 weeks --- am I right?

"A stain is like an insect, and people won't rest until they get it off - even if it means ruining the garment"

"A little knowledge can take you a long way." When it comes to food, drink, lipstick and ink stains, a truer line has never been spoken. I spend a few minutes during every speaking engagement and interview to promote preventive care and preach the value of patience --- counting to ten before doing something you'll regret --- to give your clothing a fighting chance against deadly stains and deadly stain removers!

Understanding the Challenges

Fine fabrics present the greatest challenge: Each stain needs to be treated and removed from the cuffs, linings and outer shells of our clothing, one spot at a time. Large splashes can be difficult, but splatters require even more skill and attention.

Preventive Care

Try to inspect all clothing under bright light after wearing and, if stained, have it cleaned within 48 hours, max. Be very careful about applying water or club soda to stains because these fluids usually dilute the stain, cause it to spread, and then cause a ring. The rings that form around the stain are even more difficult to remove than the stain itself!

Getting your stained clothing to the drycleaner on time and pointing out the problems can make the difference between ruined and restorable clothing.

Just the Facts ...

Immediate gratification is what most people seem to want. Respectfully, I want people to stop messing with their better clothing because they have neither the training nor the proper equipment.

To me, the message is clear, "Dryclean your expensive and most valuable clothing, leave the stain removal to skilled technicians, and stop looking for quick-fixes and miracle cures. Wash the rest of your clothing, and try to learn the best and safest way to do it."

–Steve Boorstein, Executive Director Leading Cleaners Internationale

© Leading Cleaners Internationale, used with permission

This tip is © The Clothing Doctor and used with permission. May not be reproduced in any form without written permission.