5 Drycleaning Myths Exposed!(2 of 5)

Hairspray, Hairspray, Hairspray

This may be the name of a great musical that I performed for 3 years, or what my grandmother used to keep her hair from moving….even in a tornado. I have heard it being used as a stain remover, specifically for ink for many years. Some have had good results but I see many garments in the store that have large rings that are difficult to remove.

Hairspray contains alcohol that can be hazardous to fabrics and dyes. It can remove the color surrounding the stain or break the fibers on some delicate fabrics causing holes or chaffing. Typically it will not remove the stain but leave a brownish ring instead. There are other stain removal methods which I have outlined in earlier posts to get rid of ink or other stains. Hairspray used as a “quick fix” typically proves to be a “quick disaster.”

If you have tried using hairspray as a stain remover and gotten the dreaded ring, try the following to remove:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of water
  • Blot the stain with a clean towel until the stain disappears
  • Launder the garment per instructions in cold water
  • Check to see if the stain disappeared before drying in a dryer
    • If stains remains:
      • Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of water
      • Blot until removed
    • If stain still remains
      • Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 1 cup of water
      • Blot until removed and launder
  • If the stain is still present, hang dry only bring to your drycleaning professional.

If you have any questions about this post or need advice on stain removal, please don’t hesitate to email me directly at dryclean@edricks.com or 860-677-2030.

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