Dolores Kelley shares a spot and stain removal secret

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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.


Picirn Volatile  Dry Spotter


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.

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

With the cost of dry cleaning these days, that's a valuable tip!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Roy!

Apr 09, 2016 09:11 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. PICRIN is in my future for sure. Thank Delores for the tip. Enjoy your day!

Apr 09, 2016 09:24 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I will have to try and find this product!

Apr 09, 2016 09:25 PM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Roy Kelley ,

Now that is a hot tip! Thanks for sharing Dolores secret weapon in fighting spots and stains!

Apr 09, 2016 09:38 PM #7
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Apr 09, 2016 10:15 PM #8
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

I've never heard of Picrin, but it sounds like a great product.  Thanks for posting Dolores' cleaning tip.

Apr 09, 2016 10:26 PM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Roy,

Thank Delores for the tip. Being mostly all thumbs it will be to the dry cleaners or trash can for me.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 09, 2016 11:38 PM #10
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy & Delores, thank you for this tip, as we can always use it for not only personal use, but tips for our clients.  

Apr 10, 2016 12:22 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thank you for this wonderful tip, and I will look for it.  A

Apr 10, 2016 01:14 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Roger D. Mucci 

Picrin is a good product for removing scuff marks from upholstery.

Apr 10, 2016 01:29 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

All of us need to take care with the spelling of names when we use them in comments.

Apr 10, 2016 01:59 AM #14
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Roy: A very good tips by Dolores! Anything that removes stains without damaging the fabric is aces in my book.

Apr 10, 2016 02:40 AM #15
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Roy. Never heard of this but sounds really good to me. TY to Dolores. Love the flower too.

Apr 10, 2016 04:08 AM #16
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Roy, Nice tip on removing spots. I will try to find Picrin here in this area. 

Apr 10, 2016 04:13 AM #17
Paul Weese
Colorado Group Realty - Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs Broker and Outdoor Enthusiast

Thanks for the tip!  Stains and spots are my nemisis.  

Apr 10, 2016 04:15 AM #18
Michele Cadogan-Cell 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Thanks for this tip - sounds like a go to product to help reduce or dry cleaning bills.  

Apr 10, 2016 10:11 AM #19
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Thanks for the tip, Roy. I've also found a product that works great on upholstery and carpet. It's called Folex. You use to be able to get it at Walmart, but I made my most recent purchase at Amazon, because it appears that Walmart doesn't carry this product anymore. Why would's great, inexpensive and it works. 

Apr 10, 2016 11:15 AM #20
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy, how nice of you and Dolores to share the information on Picrin. Also, love your pink Chrysanthemum.

Apr 10, 2016 12:33 PM #21
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing the spot and stain removal tip.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 10, 2016 12:52 PM #22
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I try to revisit old blogs and reblogs on a regular basis. Sometimes, I might even find good material for current posts.

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