Dolores Kelley shares a spot and stain removal secret
Dolores asked if I would take a short trip with her to an industrial park in Silver Spring, Maryland. It is a bit unusual us us to go shopping in in industrial park but it was an interesting adventure.
For many years, my wife, Dolores Kelley, has been using a product that has saved many trips to the dry cleaners and has made white upholstery more practical to use. You may not be familiar with this product since is is manufactured for professional use by dry cleaners. Clothing stores use this product to remove lipstick stains and other spots.
The product is PICRIN and can be purchased from distributors that sell to dry cleaners. PICRIN requires very careful use but it is a dream product that will remove spots and stains from clothing and fabrics in your home or office. The link for more information on PICRIN is below the picture of the product.
We found PICRIN at Amato Industries, Inc., at 9120 Talbot Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. They usually sell the product by the case but were happy to sell a gallon to Dolores for personal use.
A volatile dry-side stain remover
The Volatile Dry Spotter™
Why Picrin belongs on every spotting board.
“Dry-side” spotting is done without the use of moisture. It’s a technique employed when water or steam, or wet-side spotting agents might disturb the fabric’s dye or spread the dye contained in stains like cosmetics.
Picrin, used along with other dry-side agents, is indispensable for working difficult dry-side stains. Applied as the first step, Picrin dissolves and flushes soluble stain components from fabric to prevent them from spreading. Then, after applying the appropriate dry-side agent and working the stain, Picrin is used to flush the loosened stain from the fabric before drycleaning. This eliminates the possibility of working loosened soils back into the fabric. Once the stain is gone, a final flushing with Picrin will remove the spotting agents to prevent bleeding of fabric dye, ring formation, or transfer of dye to other garments.
When used for touch up spotting, Picrin’s controlled evaporation makes it easy to remove pick-up soil without leaving a ring, saving the time it would take to reclean the garment.
Chrysanthemum, Brookside Gardens IMG_7984
Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs