Snow season is well underway. With the snow comes the inevitable use of road salt, both on roads and on sidewalks, and that results in salt stains on coats and other garments. Salt can cause many dyes on wool fabrics to temporarily change color (usually pink, orange, or brown). The color change appears in a splatter formation, and usually occurs on areas that are close to the ground, such as hemlines of coats or slacks.

Salt is not soluble in drycleaning, and can only be removed by water. To remove salt rings, our drycleaner can generally flush the affected areas with steam or water. It is best to leave this procedure to us since certain precautions, such as testing for colorfastness, must be taken. Once the salt has been removed from the fabric, the original color will return.