Many people don’t think too much about milk or cream stains. Milk is watery, white, and seems to rinse out pretty easily when you spill it on your clothes. Unfortunately, this is frequently only the beginning of the story. It’s only later on, when the milk dries out, that it will darken into a sickly yellow and become very difficult to remove. To avoid this, you will want to treat milk-stained fabrics as quickly as possible, using the following steps:
- Soak the fabric in cold water for about five or ten minutes. Avoid warm water, as this will hasten the chemical reactions that cause the stain to darken.
- Check to see if the stain remains. If it does, rub it with liquid laundry detergent and soak in room temperature water for about thirty minutes. Every five minutes or so, rub it gently between your fingers. Rinse thoroughly when the soaking is complete.
- Repeat the above steps until you see no sign of the stain, then wash the garment normally.
- Check the stained area again before drying, as the dryer will cause any remaining milk to set in permanently.
If the garment cannot be washed normally, bring it to our Bellevue dry cleaners.