How We Professionally Remove Spots and Stains

Spotting at home refers to putting a topical product, such as Shout, prior to putting your garment in the washing machine. This can loosen stains and make them easier to clean while in the wash.

At Courtesy Cleaners we use a method called “Pre-Spotting.” This process involves removing the stain before dry cleaning or wet cleaning a garment. There are three primary tools we uses to remove spots. (more…)

Mysterious Yellow Stains on light colored clothing

How did the yellow stains end up on your clothing? You don’t remember it being there before. More than likely they were caused by oxidation.

Here is a scenario: You are out to dinner and a bit of white wine spills on your shirt. You dab it with some sparkling water and hang it up to dry at the end of the evening. The next day the shirt looks great. Fast forward 6 months and you go to put the shirt back on and now it has yellow stains on it.

Most common mistakes/myths


Probably the most common myth about getting out spots is the use of seltzer. Not only is there no benefit to putting seltzer on a stain it could actually be detrimental. Seltzer gets its fizz from injected carbon dioxide, CO2, which can become carbonic acid and actually eat away at the fibers of your clothes. On cotton, linen or polyester, water would be recommended as long as the stain does not contain oil, like in salad dressing…remember oil and water don’t mix.

Courtesy Color Loss Prevention Tips

Perfume Is Harmful to the Health of Your Clothes:

Perfumes, colognes and other scented products often contain alcohol and other ingredients, which can discolor your garment. A little dab on the wrist and there goes a slight color change at the cuff. A light spray at the neck and the collar become a problem. So much as you may be tempted to test out the newest scent, do it with care for your clothes. When you’re dressing at home, apply your fragrance well before getting dressed and give it plenty of time to dry.

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