I frequently get asked these questions so decided to share some of my secrets how to get rid of those horrible stains that just seem to ruin an outfit or garment..
1. The longer a stain remains, the tougher it is to remove.
2. Always treat a stain before laundering.
3. Blot gently — never rub; and don’t ever blot with hot water.
4. As for those darn silk scarves and neckties and silk fabrics. Do not spill on them. Period. It’s that simple. The bias cut and delicate fabrics make ties, as you have probably learned, impossible to clean. it can also be the same at times for those cotton shirts and wool pants: For wool your best bet is the dry cleaners as you can ruin the knit and cause ” pilling and matting” by rubbing things on the stain.
Lipstick: Blot with a baby wipe or a washcloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.
Blood: If it’s fresh, blot repeatedly with cold water, an ice cube, or club soda. If it’s dried, use a 3 percent hydrogen-peroxide solution.
Oil: Cover with talc or baby powder immediately and allow it to sit at least a half hour. Then brush it off, apply a stain remover (such as Spray n’ Wash), and wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand.
Ink: On cotton, apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, then wash. On polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash.
Red wine: Douse with salt, dunk in cold water, blot until the stain disappears, and wash as soon as possible. If you’re at dinner and unable to strip down, soak the spot with club soda and get home to your washing machine ASAP.
Love to all and I wish you all a ‘Forever Fashionable day and year ahead.
Countessa can be reached through her website, Countessas Closet or by calling 818 568 3064 most any day after 2 pm