We want your new uniforms to be the best they can be for as long as possible. Heres a few tricks of the trade on stain removal and our washing tips for getting the most out of R2R’s uniforms.
It’s always best to tackle stains as quickly as possible.
Hot Tip #1
The Sard wonder stick is an amazing general purpose stain remover on isolated stains. It’s great because you can apply the product and it on leave for days and it’ll do the hard work for you. Once home from your shift, rub the stick on the stain and leave the garment in your washing pile till washing day. by the time you wash your uniforms, it will have pre-loosened the stain and the stain lifts in the wash quite well. The other trick you all must know is Nappisan, Its great for bringing back an all over white appearance. Just never soak uniforms longer than overnight. Click here for all washing tips
Here’s some tricks for certain stains that may happen while working in a restaurant! Just click on the type of stain you want a remedy for and we’ve got grandmas best kept secret solutions for you.
Set in stains Saturate set-in stains with vinegar, then rub the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda. You can add a couple of tablespoons each of vinegar and liquid laundry detergent to a bucket of water and soak the garment overnight if the stain persists. Then, rinse and wash.
Chocolate Stains using Milk. First, remove any excess chocolate by putting the garment in the freezer and then scraping the hardened chocolate off. Then, run hot water down the back of the chocolate stain to melt it and push it through to the front. Rub washing up detergent into the stain and then soak the garment in milk for 30 minutes to an hour.
Berry Stains using Lemon Juice. Wash the berry stain as normal and leave it out in direct sunlight for some time to benefit from the bleaching effect of the sun’s rays. If it’s a tough stain, rub lemon juice over the top, or lay a slice of lemon on the stain. Rinse, dry and repeat if necessary.
Tomato Stains using Vinegar. Soak the tomato stain for 30 minutes in neat white vinegar (1 to 2 tbsp). Rinse, and then rub detergent directly into the stain before washing on a cool cycle. Repeat as necessary.
Ink Stains using Hairspray. Soak the area in an alcohol-based product, like methylated spirits or by spraying the stain with hairspray. Then dab vinegar on the hairspray to remove it and the ink. Then, wash as normal.
Oil Stains using Dishwashing Liquid. Oil and any form of a greasy stain can benefit from a squirt of dishwashing liquid directly or washing powder applied directly and rubbed in. Wash on a hot cycle, and repeat if necessary.
Blood Stains using Salt. Time is of the essence with blood stains – the sooner you can treat it, the better the outcome. Create a paste with salt and cold water.(Never Hot) Rub this paste directly onto the stain, ideally within 10-15 minutes of the stain occurring. Rinse with cold water and repeat as necessary.
Coffee or tea stains, soak the stained fabric in 1/3 cup vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup water. Hang the garment outside in the sun to dry, then launder as usual.
Mustard stains require a bit of persistence. Start by applying undiluted vinegar to the stain and allowing it to soak in. If that doesn’t do it, you may also need to treat the spot with laundry detergent. Just work it into the stain and throw the clothing in the wash, checking to make sure the stain is out before you dry the garment. Repeat the process, if necessary.
WASHING THE UNIFORMS
White Jackets & Hats
First Take that bloody pen out of the pocket!
Cold or warm wash mostly & a hot wash occasionally to get out the grease build up.
Nappi-san soak overnight every 2 or 3 weeks to bring whites back.
ONLY SOAK OVERNIGHT! OVEREXPOSING THE STAINLESS STEEL BUTTONS TO STRONG PH NAPPISAN CAN LEAD TO THE PUSHSTUDS LEAKING RUST IF SOAKED TOO LONG!
Use sard wonder stick on bad stains as soon as you get home, it will work the stain off before washing day.
Line dry or warm tumble dry, not too hot!
No ironing necessary, but if you want to a cool iron is sufficient.
Black Jackets, Pants & Hats
FIRST Check the pockets!
Don’t wash a piece of paper through with your pants otherwise its Pocket Maché
or the ole white bitty bit wash wash!
DONT BLEACH IT’S BLACK. STOP. It won’t be a pretty result!
Cool or warm wash and occasionally give them a nice hot wash to get the grease build up out.
Hang to dry or warm tumble dry.
No ironing is necessary but otherwise a warm iron if it need be.
Warm wash, or hot wash, to help de-grease any greasy build up.
Add softner to the cup thing in the middle of the washing machine of top loader- Makes them smell, ‘Oh so Nice.’
Hang to dry or warm tumble dry
If apron is denim fabric may need a warm iron.
Don’t wash any leather strap’s