Every dry cleaner has their favorite Halloween challenge or horror story.
Unfortunately, it’s a night when at least one customer coming home from work is going to ‘get hit’ with raw eggs, shaving cream or some variation of a trick -or -treater’s juvenile idea of funny.
For me, my first Halloween in the business brought a deluge of customers who had been the victim of World Series caliber pitching of raw eggs! There were trench coats, pants, leather jackets, hats… a whole array of egg stained garments were brought through our doors that year.
Now, I have to tell you, raw eggs are NOT a commonly seen stain in the dry cleaning business. So I had to stop, mentally break down the stain and think about the best way to proceed before I began any stain removal work. You see, if I had simply started by working with live steam to break up the dried egg – I would have wound up with scrambled eggs, which would have been a double mess to remove!
But such is the life of a dry cleaner. We have to do far more thinking and testing, and exercise far more patience and spend way more time removing stains than outsiders realize!
This year, if your child comes home wearing an egg or two, and you want some guidance on the best way to deal with raw egg stains (which are albuminous by nature), send me an email, and I’ll be happy to give you some guidance.