It happens to the best of us. You’re preparing for a night on the town, grab a quick slice of pizza from your favorite pizza place, and suddenly your hand- mouth coordination takes a turn for the worse. Now you have those delicious pizza toppings all over your favorite shirt. Who would have thought the two things you loved so much would be so bad together. Not to worry, today’s tip will show you how to remove pizza stains from your garments.
Always remember, the process of removing a stain varies depending on the garments fabric and the stain type. Treatments that may work on cotton could damage or destroy silk, wool, Rayon etc. Always read the care labels and never dry or iron a stained item. Bring garments to a professional cleaner if they say dry clean only or if the stain remains after treatment.
Remove Pizza Stains
It’s the same for every stain; the sooner a stain is treated the less likely it is to embed itself into the fabrics of your clothing. Consequently, the chances are better that the stain will come out.
Take Off The Toppings
Pluck away any lose toppings and use a dull edge (like the edge of a spoon) to remove any excess sauce or cheese that may be on your garments. Be careful not to damage the fabric, and work from the outside of the stain to the center to prevent spreading the stain.
Now you should only be working with the portion of the stain that has soaked into the fabric. Cover the stain with a non-perfumed white powder (like corn starch or even baby power) to absorb the stain. The larger the stain the longer it may take to absorb. Be sure not to rub the powder into the fabric, a generous overlay of powder should do the trick. Let the garment sit for at least 20 minutes, then gently remove the powder with a brush.
Flip It and Rinse
Once you finish soaking up the stain you should be left with just the portion of the stain that reacts well with water. Turn the garment inside out so when you treat the stain it is forced out of your clothing and not further into the fabric. Place the garment under a faucet (or any other water source) and run cold water through the stain as quickly as possible.
Blot The Stain
Blot the stain with cold water and white/clear baby shampoo. The baby shampoo will help to lubricate the fabrics and remove the stain from the garment.
Rinse the garment in cold 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.
What Not to Do
- Never treat non-washable items, always bring them to a professional. (Silks, wool, Rayon etc.)
- 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 they may damage most fabrics
- Never dry or apply heat to a stained garment, this will set the stain.