We’ve all been there – that clumsy moment when you spill a drop of wine or sauce on your dress and panic sets in. You immediately worry that you’ll never be able to remove the stain and your gorgeous dress is ruined forever. This is a concern especially when attending a formal event such a prom or a wedding. If you find yourself with a stain, you don’t want to end up trying to cover it up in the bathroom all night, and you won’t want to walk around with the stain on show either.
Instead of spending your special event worrying about stains and how to hide them, relax and rely on our stain removal guide. We’ve put together the best professional tips and tricks to remove the stains and save your dress and your night. So breathe easy – even if you do end up with an unfortunate splash, you’ll know how to quickly fix it.
Be Prepared :
If you have a formal event coming up, the best thing you can do is be prepared just in case you do end up with a stain – even if you don’t, it’s likely that someone will and if you have a few tools to help out, you can always come to the rescue and help someone else!
Put together a few essentials to create your own miniature stain removal kit. If you can find a stain removal pen or wipes, add these to your kit, these can really help and a removal pen is also compact so it’ll tuck easily into even a small clutch bag without using up your essential space. There are a few other simple tools you can bring – such as a toothbrush or small brush with soft bristles, a mini pack of corn starch to absorb liquids and cotton swabs to dab the stain away.
Immediately Treating a Stain : If you’re in the middle of a formal event when you end up with a stain on your outfit, don’t panic. With some luck, if you immediately treat your stain, you’ll be able to lift the majority of the color and return it back to close to its original state in a few simple steps. Then you can continue enjoying your special occasion and forget it happened! Here are some steps to follow:
If you drop a thick liquid/solid (such as a sauce) use a flat blunt object (for example, a dining knife or credit card) to gently scrape off what you can, doing your best not to spread the stain any further.
Grab a white napkin or cloth and dab away as much the stain as possible. If you have corn starch, baby powder or even salt to hand, you can then apply in small sprinkles to absorb more of the liquid from the material. Leave for a minute and gently brush away. This is particularly effective if the stain is oily and refuses to be absorbed by the napkin.
Use a stain removal wipe or pen on the area, working from the outside to the center of the stain. If you don’t have a removal product or any other cleaning product, use simple water.
Continuing blotting the stain with a clean napkin until the stain begins to fade and hopefully disappear.
Treating Your Stains At Home :
Once you get home, don’t forget you’ll need to treat the stain area as soon as you can too. You’ll now be able to soak your dress and wash out the stain more thoroughly, hopefully removing any last remaining discoloration. We’ve put together a helpful infographic that guides you through stain removal no matter how stubborn it is! From butter to tomatoes, learn how to lift any stain and save your beautiful dress to wear again.