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Dealing with Pets Stains

Whether they meow, bark, chirp or float, we all love our pets. Sometimes our pets choose the exact wrong time to love us back. This means that clothes get muddy paws, fur, dander and other things that you really don’t want to have on clothes if you are getting ready to go out. Until you have time to get your clothing to your Kerrisdale dry cleaners, here are some tips for making sure that your clothes don’t get permanently damaged.

What is the Stain On?

When a stain occurs, the first thing to know is what kind of material that the stain is on. Depending on the material, your game plan is going to change. Synthetic fabrics include materials like acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, olefin and polyester. They can be very sensitive to heat and cleaners like fabric softener. Natural materials include things like wool, cotton, muslin or leather. Your game plan should change depending on the type of material that you are dealing with.

Pre-treat All Stains

A stain always gets worse the longer you let it sit. To remove stains properly, you need to go right at it after it happens. In some cases, it might take you a day or two to get to your West Boulevard cleaners in Kerrisdale. This is why pretreating is critical.

Remember to identify the material that has the stain and then find some appropriate pre-treatment. If you choose the wrong pretreatment for the fabric you have, you can cause more damage. Soaking your garment overnight is also a good idea for particularly bad stains. Remember that heat can damage some synthetics, so your soak might just be in cold water.

Synthetic Pre-Treatment

If you are dealing with a synthetic fabric, here are some additional tips for cleaning the stain and pretreating it before heading to your Kerrisdale dry cleaner:

  • If there are solids, remove them immediately. Be gentle. You can grind the stains into the fabric if you are not.
  • Use a wet towel or sponge that is dipped into a mix of 1 quart of water, 1 teaspoon of the appropriate detergent and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. Test a small corner of the fabric to make sure that you won’t damage the colors.
  • Blot the stain with the towel and mixture
  • Rinse with cool water

Breaking Down Enzymes

Pet stains are generally going to be susceptible to detergents that attack enzymes. Choose a detergent that is going to play nice with your fabric but is able to break down enzymes as well. This will ensure that your treatment will be as effective as possible.

Get to your Dry Cleaner

Once you get the situation under control, it is time to get to your dry cleaner as soon as possible. West Boulevard cleaners can handle the worst pet stains that you can throw at us. We also have convenient drop off and pickup services to meet your busy schedule. Contact us today for more information.

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