Spills and stains are never 100% preventable. Even if you take as many precautions as possible to keep your clothing in top shape, accidents can (and do) happen. Whether due to something you did, or due to the error of another individual, the key to removing stains is quick action and the use of effective cleaning techniques.

Rather than experimenting with DIY methods, or waiting several days to clean your garment, it is crucial to know the exact steps to take after a stain happens. The next time a significant stain occurs on any of your clothing items, be sure to follow these tips immediately.

Never wait to clean a stain: Time is essential when it comes to successfully removing a tough blemish from your clothing. The longer a stain sits on your dress, shirt, suit, or other piece of clothing, the more challenging it will be to fully remove it. Whether you follow all of these suggested steps, or you choose to take your item(s) straight to the cleaners, do not wait to take action. Even a few hours can make the difference between having a stain fully erased, or having traces of it left on your clothing.

Be mindful of garment cleaning instructions: Garment cleaning instructions vary greatly from piece to piece. In fact, there are almost 20 unique care labels that are used regularly on everything from couture items to your every day work wear. Unfortunately, ignoring just one of these important instructions can result in permanent damage to a favorite piece of clothing. Before taking action to remove the stain, read the care instructions carefully. There is one type of label that is particularly critical to follow. If your garment care instructions say not to use laundry water (or any kind of water), heed this direction. Rather than skipping to the next step, seek professional care for your garment right away.

Whenever possible, use a pre-treatment stain remover: If the fabric of your clothing allows for it, use a pre-treatment stain remover whenever possible. This can mean using a to-go stain removal stick, or a high quality laundry stain removal product. Be sure to follow the product directions exactly to avoid unintentional damage or additional staining.

Schedule professional cleaning to fully remove the stain: Instead of trusting your washing machine to fully remove the stain, schedule professional cleaning. When you work with industry experts, you can have the reassurance that everything possible will be done to restore your clothing to its original appearance.

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