Ignore those quirky Do-It-Yourself tips you find on other websites, as they are more likely to do more harm than good. Here's why:
A stain on a garment is like a person being sick. If you take the wrong medicine (like a beta blocker for diabetes), not only are you not going to get better, you're going to make yourself sicker in the process.
Stains follow the same rules. If you treat a grease stain to a quick treatment of club soda, you are going to set the stain, and you might also disturb the dye or sizing treatment on the fabric! If you put a stain stick to a combination stain, you could wind up with a mess only a scissor can remove.
Stains are a classic lesson in 'less is more'. Here's what you can do safely, that will set a perfect stage for our professional removal: You want to carefully remove any excess. Take a clean, white, unbleached cloth and blot the stain up onto the cloth. Move the white cloth so that you are not re-depositing the stain back onto the garment. Bring it in quickly for professional stain removal and cleaning. The fresher the stain, the more likely 100% removal success.
Yes, we know it's difficult to walk around wearing your lunch on your tie or jacket, but it's far better than causing irreparable harm and having to relegate the garment to the trash heap. You must discipline yourself to resist the treatment temptation.
Remember, regular cleaning removes body oils, dead skin cells, perspiration, air borne particulates and pollutants that can damage the fibers through microscopic abrasion, alter light reflectance and, in short, make your garment look old and tired way before its time. And if you get a stain on your suit, you can't get it cleaned fast enough if you want the best possible chances for complete stain removal.
If your garment is a suit or part of a set (ex. Bedspreads and draperies) always clean matching pieces together. This will ensure uniformity of color and texture for both items.
Apply perfumes, colognes and hair sprays before you get dressed and give them adequate time to dry. The alcohol and other ingredients in these products can weaken fibers and alter colors.
Avoid wire hangers for anything except cotton shirts.
Always remove the plastic bag your dry cleaning arrived in. Plastic will smother your clothes, trap moisture and do all other sorts of nasty things that can result in color changes and stains. Use an old, unbleached, white cotton sheet or muslin to protect your clothes from dust and air borne particulate.
Never put anything away for out of season storage without first cleaning or laundering it. Even if it looks clean, feels clean and smells clean and you wore it just once, it has body oils, perspiration, stray hair and its fair share of the millions of dead skin cells we shed every day. All of which is catnip to moths, silverfish and other hungry critters that can permanently damage your clothes.