Confronting Summertime Food Stains
Your picture of paradise may include cheeseburgers, soda, ice cream, pizza, and other summertime favorites, but that picture undoubtedly doesn’t include spots on your shorts and shirts. For a care-free stainless summer, bring stained items to us.
First Things First
Read the care instructions. Know whether your shirt is washable or dry-cleanable. Bring dry-cleanable garments to us.
Inside Stain Removal
Stain removal involves science, art, and timing. The sooner we get a stained garment, the more likely we can remove the stain. We combine understanding of the characteristics of stains with knowledge of fabrics and use the fewest treatments possible for efficient stain removal. Use these tips from our stain-fighting arsenal help you confront the stains of summer.
Types of Stains
Stains can be divided into three main categories: tannin stains, oil /grease stains, and protein-based stains. Some of your favorite summer foods combine these types.
Tannin stains include wine and beer, fruit juices, tomato sauce, and chocolate.
Treatment: Gently blot off excess liquid. Wash with mild detergent in warm water.
Oil or Grease
Oil or grease-based stains include cooking oils, salad dressing, and meat.
Treatment: Blot excess grease. Dab with water. Apply a commercial pre-treatment. Launder.
Protein-based stains include milk, cheese, and eggs.
Treatment: Dab excess fluid with a dry sponge. Rinse with cold water. Use a detergent that contains enzymes.
Treating Favorite Foods
How do those types apply to your favorite foods?
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, & Steaks
Meats are the classic grease stain.
Treat as a grease stain. Wash in hottest water possible.
Pizza stains can contain tannin, grease, and protein. Use a mild detergent.
Ice Cream & Popsicles
Besides protein, some ice cream flavors like chocolate and coffee contain tannin.
Treat beer and wine stains as tannin.
Utopia Cleaners wishes you a happy summer! Don’t let food stains bother you! Leave the cleaning to Utopia Cleaners. Schedule a free laundry drop off or visit our dry cleaners in South End , Financial District Newton, Arlington or Woburn.