Cleaning Tough Stains from Your Uniform

Working in the service industry, whether you are a mechanic, chef, or nurse, is messy. Usually, you have spent all day getting your hands dirty, making food, or just working up a sweat in general. The stains which occur every day on your uniform can get out of hand quickly and look unprofessional. Here’s some tips on how to get those stubborn stains out of your work uniforms and keep them looking clean

Grease:

While grease on a mechanic’s uniform is expected, it is still important for the team’s uniforms to look nice. The first line of defense against grease spots is pre-treating grease spots with liquid dishwashing soap for about 15 minutes. Dish soap is designed to remove grease from dishes, and it will do the same on your clothes! Another trick you could try is piling corn starch, baking soda, or baby powder on the stain and letting it sit for about an hour. The powder should help absorb the grease stain. And finally, a “life-hack” mechanics swear by is soaking your uniform overnight in 2-4 liters of Coca-Cola. You can also pour one can of coke directly into the washer with your detergent and greasy clothes, and then run the washer like normal.

Cooking Oil:

Cleanliness is key in the food industry, and uniforms/apparel are no exception to that rule. A common tough stain in the kitchen is cooking oil. When it splashes up on your uniform, it makes a noticeable mark but also destroys the cleanliness and appearance of the apparel over time. Be sure to stay on top of maintenance and get oil stains out before they build up. The most important tip when removing oil stains is do not attempt to apply water directly to the stain, you always want to keep the stain dry. Put dish soap on the stain, rub it in, wait about five minutes, and then put it in the washer with hot water.

Blood:

Sometimes accidents happen, and you get blood on your uniform. Or, you work in the medical profession, and it’s just another day. The best way to get blood out of your uniform is to clean the stain as soon as possible with cold water or hydrogen peroxide. When using hydrogen peroxide, rub it into the cloth and then let it sit for a few minutes before putting it into the wash.

Sweat:

There’s a reason for the expression, “working up a sweat.” After a long day of hard work, you may notice areas on your uniform are becoming sweat stained or are yellowing. The best way to get sweat stains out of your work uniform is to let it soak it white vinegar for about 15 to 30 minutes, and then wash as usual. The vinegar will neutralize the stain and the smell from sweat.

Coffee:

It seems like it’s always first thing in the morning when you spill coffee on yourself at work. You don’t want to go almost the whole workday with a big, dark coffee stain on your shirt! If you spill on the job, you should immediately go try to flush out the stain with cold water. You can also try to blot the stain out with cold water if you don’t want to get your clothes too wet. Make sure you are blotting the stain, don’t try to rub the stain out! You can also rub laundry detergent on older coffee stains and then soak them in warm water before washing.

Get New Uniforms:

Sometimes it’s okay to let the stains win and order a new pair of uniforms. Chances are that you probably were overdue for some anyway. If you keep your new uniform clean and stay on-top of stain removal, it will last longer in the future. Check out our uniform catalog to find the uniform that’s right for you and your business.