Removing Stains from Your Work Uniform

Nothing is worse than a dirty work uniform, especially at the beginning of the day. You wake up and get dressed, head off to work in your fresh uniform, only to get to work and immediately mess it up. Or worse, maybe you spill your coffee getting out of the car and don’t even make it in without getting dirty. In many professions, an employer only supplies an employee with a single work uniform, so keeping it clean is a tall order. Here are some tips to help you keep that work uniform fresh and clean depending on the stain.


A lot of common stains fall under the soak/flush with water category. Anyone in the restaurant or hospitality industries are familiar with stains from mustard or tomato sauce, or dark liquids like red wine or coffee. These and other common stains, grass and water-based paint for example, need to be soaked or flushed with water in order to keep the stain from setting into the fabric. Once the stain has dried, it will be all but impossible to remove. You should let the uniform soak for about 30 minutes before washing it to fully remove the stain.


In the case of anything sticky or that hardens, it’s important to remove as much of the substance as possible before trying to wash your work uniform. Syrup, adhesives like tape or glue, mud and gum all need to be scraped away before trying to wash the stain out. It’s important to be gentle when scraping, since things like chocolate can be pressed deeper into the fabric, making it harder to remove. After getting rid of as much of the stain as possible, either rinse or soak your work uniform before washing.

Go the Extra Mile

Some substances stain much differently than your normal red wine or mud stain, and will need special attention. Wax and crayons, for instance, require you to first scrape the wax off before placing the stained area between two paper towels and using a warm iron to melt the wax out of your work uniform and into the paper towel before washing. Stains made by harsh chemicals like grease or oil, ink or nail polish require a three-step process of treatment with a stain remover before rinsing and then washing with hot water.

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