Well its that time of year for Junior and Senior Proms and for spending lots of money on the perfect prom dress and tux. But what do you do when you are enjoying your prom date and activities and right in the middle of that exciting dinner you drop food on your dress and are left with an unsightly prom dress stain?
The answer is simple. Many prom dress stains can be easily removed if they are caught immediately and are properly treated. The ultimate goal is to either hide the unsightly stain until you can get your prom dress to the professional cleaners or to remove the stain altogether. With that said, the professionals here at Jimmy’s Cleaners and Alterations want to provide you with some simple stain removing tips. All too often people rub stains with all types of mixtures in their efforts to remove them as quickly as possible. However, this typically makes the matter at hand worse because it will most likely pull color from the garment fabric and create a permanent unattractive water ring or may even make a hole in that delicate, expensive prom garment.
While at your prom, follow these simple tips below to remove stains:
- Blot your prom dress stain with a white cloth or napkin so as to remove any excess live stain, but be sure not to rub at all.
- Choose the appropriate stain removal technique from the list we will provide below that is specific to your prom stain.
- Put a small amount of the specific solution onto a white napkin or cloth.
- Blot, do not rub, by pressing the napkin or cloth onto the stain until the stain actually transfers over to the napkin or cloth.
- Continue this process until the entire stain is removed.
- If there is a hair dryer accessible to you, dry the area from the outside of the stain area to the center of the stain in circular motions.
Which Solution Do I Use?
Here are some of the most effective ‘fix-it’ solutions depending upon the type of stain.
- For an oil-based stain such as salad dressing, mayonnaise or grease, mix a drop or two of either dishwashing soap, laundry detergent, pine-sol or shampoo into a cup of water.
- For protein stains such as perspiration, blood or milk mix a drop of mild dish detergent and ammonia in a cup of water.
- For plant based stains such as coffee, tea, wine or juice mix a drop or two of a mild dish detergent with either white vinegar or lemon juice
- For makeup stains, start by scraping off any excess makeup that has made its way to your prom dress and blot it with a dry cloth. Then dab a very small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the stain and let it sit for about 4-5 minutes. Then rinse it with a small amount of water and if possible dry the area with a hair dryer if one is accessible. If the stain is still there, then apply a mixture of water and dishwashing soap and let it dry for 15-20 minutes. Then rinse it and dry it thoroughly.
Tips to Hide or Camouflage the Stain
It may be a good idea to simply try and camouflage the stain until you are able to bring it on down to our trusted dry-cleaning facility here at jimmy’s Cleaners and Alterations. You can simply dab baking soda, corn starch or baby powder onto the stain for an effective quick, camouflage fix.
If you have fallen victim to an unsightly prom dress stain don’t fret. Try one of our easy tips above and then get your dress to our specialists as soon after the event as possible. We will analyze the stain and apply the proper fix-it stain removal and cleaning method to safely remove the unwanted stain without causing any damage to your garment.
Proms are a truly memorable and cherished event, so don’t let that unsuspecting prom dress stain rob you of your once in a lifetime experience. Rather, put your trust in the highly skilled and experienced specialists here at Jimmy’s Cleaners and Alterations once all the celebrating is over and let our team of specialists take care of all your stain removal needs. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality dry cleaning and alterations services this side of Tennessee!