12/21/2011 05:09 EST

Quick Study: A Professional Cleaner Helps Us With Stains


Quick Study [kwik stuhd-ee]: The Huffington Post Canada's tips to make your life a little sweeter, five minutes at a time. Think of it as a cheatsheet for your general well-being.

For the next 30 days, we're checking out how to take a break from your busy holiday schedule and relax -- in unexpected ways.

Let's face it, many of us tend to spill drinks on ourselves when we're having fun. The Huffington Post Canada talked to master dry cleaner Mohamud Rahim of Busy Bee Gold Dry Cleaners in Vancouver, on simple steps to remove stains as they happen.


"It's quite common that you don't have enough time between parties to get your pieces dry cleaned. If ironing a previously worn piece, be sure to never iron over a stain or blemish from the previous wear -- you may set them."


"When spills happens, always try to blot the stain with a napkin or paper towel. The goal is to absorb the liquid out of your garment without agitating and setting the stain. If you do agitate the stain (by rubbing it), you run the risk of bruising the fabric and removing the colour."

Contrary to popular belief, stain pens are not miracle fixes. A stain pen actually changes the composition of the stain and does not remove it from the garment.

After The Party:

"The most imporant tip is to always clean the garment before you store it for the season. Have you ever stored your favourite winter dress

only to find it has a brown spot next season? The reason for this is there was either an invisible stain or a stain that you thought you had removed prior to storage."



White wine isn't the only thing that's hiding in your kitchen that can help. Here are some tips on alternative uses for lemon juice.

Juicy, aromatic and highly acidic, lemons bring out the flavour in sweet and savoury foods but they nearly always play a supporting role in the kitchen. Stop relegating them to the rim of your glass and give these winter citrus fruits their due -- because they're serious cleaning and freshening powerhouses. Read other uses for lemon juice here.


Ever spill coffee on yourself or slosh tea when you're rushing to catch your train in the morning? Check out these tips to remove coffee and tea spots.

Do you have a stain removal secret? Let us know on Twitter at @HuffPostCaLiv or in the comments below.