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jackets or on moisture wicking garments to remove body odour! 3/2 is just as easy to mix and use as 3/2/1 – the only difference being it contains no water, so it’s designed for use on water sensitive fabrics like silk and acetate. Use the same way you would the 3/2/1: use your black brush to tamp into the fabric and rest the garment for 10 minutes before dry cleaning. 3/2 can also be used as a levelling agent. Sometimes, after post spotting, you need to do something about residual moisture before the garment can go back in the machine. For example, you have a white blouse stained quite impressively with cappuccino (more of which ended up on the drinker’s shirt than in their mouth) and you weren’t able to get it all out in dry cleaning alone. You’ve used a tannin remover to spot the last remnants out, then you’ve flushed it with steam and dried it. Even though it feels dry to touch, if this garment goes straight back in the machine the residual moisture in the fabric might cause shrinkage, puckering or rings. A levelling agent like 3/2 will handle any remaining moisture. Spray widely over the spotted area, hang the garment for 15 minutes and then put it back in the dry cleaning machine. The blouse will come out clean, and without puckering, shrinkage or rings. Spotting should be a quick and simple process. GreenEarth THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JUNE JULY AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2017 27 Spotting is an art, it must be practiced and learned. You could buy discarded garments of different fabrics very cheaply from op shops and stain them yourself, then practice removing the stains with spotting chemicals and cleaning techniques.
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