Seasonal Stains: Barbecue

Tips from our friends at Dependable Cleaners in Boston:

Summer time is the cookout season, which means hamburgers, hot dogs, and plenty of potential stains. Here's how to remove those pesky stains from your garments.

Ketchup, Barbecue Sauce, and Mustard: What To Do ...

  • React quickly. Don’t give your stain time to set itself comfortably into the fabric of your clothes. The sooner a stain is treated the better the chance of removal.
  • Remove the excess. Use a dull edge, like the back of a butter knife or the edge of a spoon, to remove the excess ketchup, mustard or BBQ sauce from you garment. Be careful not to damage the fabric and work from the outside in to prevent spreading the stain.
  • Flip the garment inside-out so when you treat the stain it is forced out of your clothing and not further into the fabric. Place a light colored cloth under the stain to prevent it from spreading to the other side of your clothes.
  • Mix together a solution of water and white/clear dish detergent, and then blot the stain to push it out of your garment. The dish detergent will help to break down the stain as well as dyes like turmeric, which give mustard its yellow color.
  • Soak the garment in warm water, and then wash the item. Be sure not to dry or iron the garment until you are 100% sure the stain is out. If the stain persists get it to our professionals. We will be able to get the stain out without causing harm to the fabric of your clothes.

... and What Not To Do

  • Never treat non-washable items (silk, wool, rayon, etc.). Always bring them to a professional.
  • To prevent spreading and protect fabrics always blot a stain. Rubbing will only spread the stain and possibly damage the fabric.
  • Do not use bleaching agents as these will damage most fabrics.
  • Never use ammonia or cleaning products that contain ammonia on mustard. This can set the yellow dye into you garment.
  • Never dry or apply heat to a stained garment; this will set the stain.