Salt: The Other White Stuff

“Are you tired of this lingering winter….me too!!! Well here are some suggestions for removing those nagging salt stains.”

The Snow season will be melting away soon, but salt may be a lingering reminder of those days of trudging through sidewalks and streets that have been treated with salt. A necessity in some climates, but salt may have stained coats or other garments.

Salt can cause many dyes on wool fabrics to temporarily change color(usually pink, orange or brown). The color change appears in a splatter formation. and usually occurs on areas that are close to the ground, such as hemlines of coats or slacks. Salt is not soluble in dry-cleaning, and can be only be removed by water.

To remove salt rings, we generally flush the affected areas with steam or water. It is best to leave this procedure to us since certain precautions, such as testing for colorfastness, must be taken. Once the salt has been removed from the fabric, the original color will return.

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