Removing Eggnog and Gravy Stains

With the holiday season come gravy and eggnog stains. The way these stains are treated depends on the fiber content of the garment.

If the care label indicates that the garment should be dry cleaned, by all means bring it to us. For washable items, test for colorfastness before you attempt to remove any stain. Test the colorfastness of the garment by applying a small amount of the stain removing solution to an inconspicuous part of the garment. If the color is damage, the product should not be used.

Eggnog and gravy stains are protein stains and should be treated the same way. First, blot the stain with cold water and mild detergent. If the stain remains, take a small amount of the detergent and mix with regular household ammonia(the non-sudsing type) to form a paste and apply to the stain area. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes, and then launder as usual. If the stain remains, use an enzyme presoak or a detergent that contains enzymes and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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