What do you do when the armpits of your hard-to-clean costume get a little less than desirable, or you unexpectedly spilled your taco salad on your uniform? It's moments like these that require acting fast with spot cleaning!
When you have a costume or uniform that is potentially difficult to launder by the usual methods, such as dry cleaning, or machine and/or hand washing. Target specific areas by spot cleaning, rather than just wearing it dirty.
For flawless spot cleaning technique, simply follow these guidelines:
- NEVER try anything on the 'front and center' area of your costume first, just in case anything horrible happens! If you can test your spot cleaning on an unobtrusive area of your costume first, that is preferred.
- Grab a neutral colored wash cloth and a small dab of some sort of soap - either liquid laundry detergent, bath or hand soap or even your dish soap! The type or brand is not important. The key is 'small dab'. Moisten your wash cloth and add just a touch of the soap. Gently rub the area that is soiled, so that the spot becomes slightly wet. Don't create suds, but use that 'small dab' of soapy water on your wash cloth to dislodge the stain or dirt.
- Do not get the soiled area too wet and do not rub too much, so that you cause problems with the fabric. If you can test your spot cleaning on an unobtrusive area of your costume, that would be the preferred first step. NEVER try anything on a 'front and center' area of your costume first, just in case something horrible happens!
- If your soapy water doesn't do the trick, you might need to try some other options. Refer to several articles posted on our website that can be helpful for stubborn stains.
- When you have successfully spot cleaned your costume, you need to blot the area dry. The best option is to use a neutral colored dry towel to 'feather' the area. In order to not create a ring where the wet area was, you need to diffuse the wetness. Gently rub the dry towel onto the edge of the wet area to pull the moisture away from the wet and into the dry area.
- Allow to dry naturally, or if you need to ‘hurry’ the process, place the wet garment area in front of a fan, or worst case scenario, use a hair dryer set on cool rather than hot or a public bathroom hands-dryer. If you see a ring forming, as it is drying, redo your ‘feathering’ between the dry and wet areas.