Its been a while since I have posted here on The DryCleaners Blog, my schedule has had me quite busy and has kept me from putting some good quality information together for the dry cleaners of the world. However, one of my friends from the west coast, Dan Pollock, a dry cleaning professional who has recently started a new website ProfessionalGarmentCare.com has come to my assistance and has put together several very informative articles for the world of dry cleaning. Dan is a very knowledgable guy and I am sure you will find this posting about stain removal products to be very helpful in your day to day operations of your professional dry cleaning business. We are glad to have Dan as a guest author here at The Dry Cleaners Blog.
Stain Removal Products: Tools of a Drycleaner
Lets face it, when it comes to stain removal products there are hundreds of products out there, deciding which ones are effective and which ones you truly need can be a trial and error process. A process that can be very costly, time consuming and result in claims for the professional dry cleaner. However, deciding which of these stain removal agents you need and how many of these bottles are setting on your spotting board is also an important part of the stain removal process.
Stain removal agents are the tools with which you will use to go to work on what is often the exact reason a customer has brought a garment to your store, to remove a stain. These tools are really no different than the way you would use your tools in your toolbox to repair a piece of equipment in your plant. What do I mean by that? Well, when you need to make a repair to your equipment, you go to your tool box and find the tools you will need for the repair. If all you have is a hammer, flashlight and a screwdriver, you will be very limited to the repairs you are going to be able to do. In stain removal, if all you have is a POG, you are going to be very limited in the types of stains you will be able to remove. With that in mind, the greater the variety of tools/stain removal products you have, the more repairs/stain removal you will succesfully complete. Also, by eliminating being forced to use the wrong tools/stain removal agents, the more you will limit the potential of doing damage by using the wrong tool.
How many different ingredients do we encounter in stains, garment construction and stain removal products? Too many to count. Every manufacturer has its own specific ingredients in their stain removal product which has been designed to remove specific types of stains. Some will only be safe on garments of a certain type of construction and a specific type of stain, others may cover a wider range of stains and many types of garment construction. The manufacturing of garments can be very complex, with many different types of fabrics/components being used. Then there are the stains. These can be of a combination of multiple ingredients, oily, acidic and alkali. When you really think about this, the more stain removal products that you have with different ingredients, is very similar to a tool box that has a large variety of tools. Simply put, more tools/stain removal agents will allow you to increase your ability to repair your equipment/remove stains without damage caused by using the wrong tool.
If you are frustrated with your stain removal results and you want to remove more stains without damage to the garment consider getting more tools (stain removal agents) and learn how to properly use them. You will have those on your spotting board that are your favorites or that you will find are used the most often, but you will also find there are many types of specialty tools that you can put away for those more special needs that you will encounter. By having those more specific stain removal agents on the shelf and ready to be used, you will definitely find that you will have more effective stain removal that will lead to happier customers and who doesn't want happier customers?