Splatter or Raindrop-like Dark Spots

Q: Why do mysterious dark spots (splatter or raindrop-like) show up on my shirts after dry cleaning?

A: These spots can be gray, black, tan, brown, or other dark shades and are caused by contact with hair sprays or other substances. The substances are invisible after they dry into a fabric; however, staining residue remains. Age, atmospheric gases, and the heat of any cleaning or pressing process can cause oxidation, which in turn causes the unseen residue to become a visible, dark spot. This staining occurs in use, so only the garment owner can actually prevent this type of staining. Quick action is key. Communicate with your cleaner immediately. If the spots are relatively fresh, we can try to prevent staining by pre-spotting with special agents and then cleaning immediately.