America's favorite pastime can be messy

Baseball is the national pastime, and whether playing in the fields or watching from the stands, everyone seems to be a fan. But while we love baseball, our favorite game doesn’t always love our clothes. Players’ uniforms and fans’ baseball attire often fall victim to stains from hot dogs drenched in ketchup and mustard, freshly cut grass, and dusty fields. But this season, Classic Cleaners is up at bat against stains of the game.

To remove stains at home, check out these tips from the baseball-loving pros at Classic Cleaners.

Five easy steps to grass-stain-free uniforms:
Step 1: Apply a dry solvent such as mineral spirits to the stain.
Step 2: Press with cheesecloth; tamp with a soft-bristled brush.
Step 3: Repeat to remove as much of the stain as possible.
Step 4: Rinse with isopropyl alcohol and let dry.
Step 5: Follow up with an enzyme detergent before washing.

Four easy steps for removing ketchup stains:
Step 1: Act fast! Remove any excess ketchup, but be careful not to push it into the fabric.
Step 2: Remove the garment as soon as possible and run cold water through the stain from the back side to force the stain out of the clothing.
Step 3: Gently rub some liquid detergent into the stain and soak the garment in cool water for at least 10 minutes.
Step 4: Wash and air dry (heat from the dryer could set in stains permanently).

Just remember to gently blot, never rub stains. Click here to check out other how-to tips on removing chewing gum, perspiration, blood and other stains at home. When stains are particularly persistent, take the garment to the stain removal specialists at Classic Cleaners.