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  Stamford® Stain Removal Guide

Brief Introduction and Instructions for Spotting Tools

BRUSHES There is a wide range of spotting brushes available today. The most common are one inch white and black, with nylon bristles. Note: Always use the white brush for wet spotters and the black for dry side spotters. Spotting brushes should be used with a tamping action on the stain. To avoid yarn slippage, keep the brush flat when tamping. Never tamp over the nose of the spotting board. if brushing is necessary, it should be done lightly and only with the edge of the brush. Remember, white for wet and black for dry. When brushing fabrics with pile construction such as velvet, camel hair or cashmere, brush in direction of nap.
SPATULA: Spatulas, or bones, are used for breaking built-up spots and to work the chemicals into the stain. Do not use this tool to dig, but rather a gentle rubbing action back and forth over the stain. Do not use on fabrics that will mark or scar.
STEAM GUN: The steam gun provides heat (speeds up the action of spotting chemicals) moisture (to flush stains and chemicals from fabrics) and velocity to move both the heat and moisture. A fine mist of moisture is used on the outer edges of a wet area to feather. This allows the spotted area to dry more slowly, minimizing the chances of ringing. SSS can also be used at this time. Never flush dry side spotters with steam, color loss may occur.

Hold the gun at a 90-degree angle, 3 or 4 inches over the fabric and move in a circular motion. When used with the vacuum on the nose of the board, most of the moisture and chemical will be pulled through the fabric into the board. The air part of the steam gun is used for drying moisture from the fabric. When used with the vacuum, this process is accelerated. The steam gun can be your most versatile friend or your worst headache. observe its use correctly.

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