There’s no denying that permanent markers are super handy. You wouldn’t see a classroom, office or warehouse without one today. You can write on pretty much all surfaces with a permanent marker, making them essential for labelling CDs, marking outdoor plant-tags and writing on school uniform tags, so there are no mix ups.
But what happens when you slip and you’re left with the marker ink on clothing rather than the tag? Deluxe Drycleaning shed some light on whether dry cleaning removes permanent market.
Type of stain
A permanent marker stain falls under the dye category, which unfortunately are one of the trickier stains to remove. While dry cleaners aren’t miracle workers, they’re your best shot at removing permanent marker stains.
They’ll look at the whole picture: the type of marker, the fabric, how long the stain has been there and if there’s been any previous removal attempts. Basically, it’s a real science and they’ll use every trick up their sleave.
Dry cleaning process
So, what makes dry cleaning the go-to method of stain removal? A good dry cleaning service has a lot of experience, so they’re super familiar with all sorts of stains. They treat each garment differently, depending on the fabric to achieve the best result, rather than having a one-size-fits-all method.
A good dry cleaner has all the latest equipment including a hydrocarbon dry cleaning machine which effectively cleans the most delicate materials and have top stain removing products which can’t be purchased anywhere else.
Contrary to its name, dry cleaning isn’t a dry process. Chemical solvents are used, rather than water and detergent as they’re too harsh or less effective on particular materials such as wool, silk or velvet.
Catch it while it’s fresh
Time is of the essence here. Permanent markers are a stubborn stain so you want to get your threads to the dry cleaners ASAP. If you’re time poor, some dry cleaners offer the convenient service of pick up and delivery from either your home or office so you don’t lose any precious working time.
Avoid washing at home
We know it seems silly to not try to have a go at getting the stain out yourself before you take it to the professionals, but you’ll do more harm than good. Washing the garment runs the risk of oxidising the marker and further setting the stain in.
Avoid treating yourself
The same rule applies as above – avoid pre-treating the garment yourself. This includes using any pre-treatment stain removers, water, detergent or blotting. The best thing you can do to help it to leave it alone and take it to the pros.
Need a dry cleaning service to remove pesky stains but don’t know who to choose for the most meticulous, great-value job? Deluxe Drycleaning are Melbourne’s dry cleaning specialists, and have been since 2001. With this much experience in the dry cleaning industry, they’re your best bet to remove stubborn stains on any garment in your closet. Head into Deluxe Dry Cleaning, located in West Footscray, to have your clothes looking as good as new.