Oh no! You spilled red wine on your favorite shirt at dinner last night. If you follow these tips, you may be able to increase the odds of that (or any other) stain being removed.
Bring in the garment as soon as possible after it gets stained
Why this is important: The longer a stain has been on a garment means the longer it has set into the fabric. The longer a stain sets, the more difficult it is to remove.
When you drop off the garment, explain the stain as best you can to the dry cleaner
Why this is important: If you can explain what the stain is, how long it has been there, and where it is located on the garment, the dry cleaner will have a better idea of which stain removal tactics to use to try to remove it.
You should be as specific as possible. For example, if it is a coffee stain- is it black coffee? Coffee with cream? Coffee with cream and sugar? We would treat each of those stains differently based on the additions you may have made to your drink.
Do not wipe or pre-treat the stain
Why this is important: Wiping the stain could cause further damage or color loss. If there is extra moisture that you must remove, gently dab it with a clean towel or rag. Pre-treating the stain could also cause these same issues, as well as creating another stain that the dry cleaner may have to remove.