That’s Going to Leave a Mark: Dealing with Stains.

My friends, did ya ever have one of those days? Like when you tip the waitress’ tray and two full beers drop onto your boss’ head and shoulders? Or the time the paper plate broke under the weight of the cherry cheesecake and sent the whole gooey mess into your supervisor’s Jimmy Choos? What about the evening at the Chinese restaurant and the pot of hot tea that flew off into your colleague’s lap… ?

Socializing at work can be downright dangerous. Especially to your custom suits and shirts. So what’s a guy to do, aside from switching to white wine, champagne or lite beer? Herewith, the Leviner Wood handy-dandy guide to saving the day.

1. Act immediately. Waiting is what causes stains to set in. Blot up any excess with a clean napkin or cloth. Begin to treat.

2. Always blot, never scrub which can weaken or break delicate fibers.

3. Never apply heat until the stain has been removed. This includes hot water.

4. Carry a packet of on-the-go stain remover, SHOUT! wipes for example, hand sanitizer, or moist towelettes. They’ll work in an emergency.

5. Plain soap and water or liquid dish soap and water will work on small stains. Best not to use it on a silk tie though. Apply, let sit for 30 minutes, rinse.

Common mishaps and what to do about them:

1. Liquid on your tie. Take the back blade of the tie and lightly rub the spot. It will transfer to the back blade of the tie. Bowtie wearers don’t have to worry about this.

2. Ballpoint pen on a shirt. Use denatured (rubbing) alcohol and a cotton swab to blot the marks out. Spraying with hairspray or blotting out with hand sanitizer also works well. Apply, blot, reapply until the stain is gone.

3. Red wine, coffee, etc. spills on a suit. That old stand by club soda, used immediately, will work to take out the spot. Apply, blot, repeat. It may take forever, but it will work. Take the suit to the drycleaners when you can and let them know what spilled on the garment.

4. Blood on a shirt. The OxyClean pen works wonders. At home, soak immediately in cold water and OxyClean powder. We’re assuming this is a small amount of blood on a collar from a shaving cut. If it is a lot more, you’re best bet is to take it to a drycleaner. One recommended by your attorney….

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