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Removing Common Stains From Your Formal Dress

Be Prepared For Any Stain Emergency On The Day Of The Dance With These Great Tricks!

As much as you may try to avoid it, with all the activities surrounding the typical high school dance it’s pretty easy to end up with a spot or a stain. This may be through no fault of your own, but it’s just part of the game when you’re living it up through the fun of the Homecoming Festivities. In order to keep you prepared for this year’s big dances, we’ve laid out a list of some of the most common stains to hit formal dresses. Check them out below – and give us a tip on Facebook if we missed something!

Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Mascara

Drop your lipstick or smear eye shadow on your dress? No worries…

Dampen the stain with warm water.

Rub with liquid detergent + color safe bleach.

When possible, wash the dress at the highest temperature allowed for the fabric.

Hang dry.

Concealer, Foundation, Eye/Lip Liner

Smear some concealer into your gown? Try this…

Dampen the stain with warm water.

Gently rub with liquid detergent and water.

Rinse the treated area.

When possible, wash the dress at the highest temperature allowed for the fabric.

Hang dry.

Nail Polish

Spill nail polish on your lap? This may be tough, but…

**This may be an impossible stain depending upon the fabric and type of nail polish.

If the worst case scenario is trashing the dress, attempt to apply nail polish remover by laying the stained area face down on a paper towel, then blotting the back of the stain with a towel soaked in nail polish remover.

Rinse the area and wash the dress completely as soon as possible.

Ink

Sit on a marker? Give this a shot…

If it’s a thin line or simple pen, try to use a pen eraser.

If that doesn’t work, attempt to soak the stain in rubbing alcohol for several minutes.

Rinse the area and wash the dress completely as soon as possible.

Juice, Coffee, Tea, Soda

Toss a coffee mug onto your dress? Here’s a fix…

Immediately blot the area to remove excess liquid

Apply soda water or cold tap water, rinse thoroughly

Once dry, you may attempt to apply white vinegar to stain and blot from both sides.

If stain is still present, you may consider applying a solution of borax and water.

**Stain removal pens (currently available for sale) are a great option for immediate treatment of these types of stains.

Grease, Oil

Have a run in with fried chicken? Consider this…

Use a liquid prewash treatment to thoroughly treat the stained area.

When possible, wash the dress at the highest temperature allowed for the fabric.

If the stain persists, attempt to repeat – rubbing stain from behind with fabric placed face down on a paper towel.

Rinse thoroughly in warm water and wash as normal.

Mud

Fall in the mud? Maybe this will help…

Allow mud stains to dry (assist the drying process with a hair dryer or fan, if necessary).

Once dry, scrape or brush off as much mud/dirt as possible.

Soak for 15 minutes in detergent and water.

When possible, wash the dress at the highest temperature allowed for the fabric

Hang dry.

Grass

Take a dive on some grass? Give this a whirl…

Treat the stain with rubbing alcohol.

Then apply mild chlorine bleach (that won’t damage colors) to remaining stain.

Sweat

Work yourself into a sweat? Attempt to…

Wet a bar of soap and rub it on the stained area.

Once covered, apply liquid detergent to the stain and wash it thoroughly.

Blood

Get a bloody nose? We suggest you…

Create a paste from water and cornstarch (cornmeal or talcum powder will also work).

Place the paste onto the stained area.

Let the paste dry, then brush it off (along with the stain).

 

While it’s important to treat any stain as soon as possible, we always suggest leaving the cleaning of formal garments to certified professionals – like our staff at Clothesline Cleaners. Professional cleaners can ensure that your dress is properly handled and treated throughout the cleaning process. In the end, this decision will typically:

  • Help your dress maintain a crisper, livelier appearance for a longer period of time.
  • Ensure that color fading is minimized during cleaning.
  • Protect unique fabrics, buttons, zippers, and other specialty dress features.
  • Extend the useful life of your dress, which extends the value of your clothing investment.