Chef Coats: How to Remove Food Stains

remove food stainsHow to Remove Food Stains

When you’re in the restaurant industry, food stains on your chef coat, shirts, or work pants, are a way of life. No matter how careful you are, somehow butter or oil, chocolate, or blackberries, find a way to stain your work wear. What can you do about it? Learn how to remove food stains. You may not be able to prevent the stains, but you can certainly do your best to remove them. Keeping a professional appearance in your work wear is important. Keep reading for tips on how to remove food stains from your chef coats and work pants.

Before Getting Started
You have food stains on your white chef coat, and you need to get rid of them. Before dealing with them, you will need a few items on hand. A good stain removal item, like Resolve, Dreft, Clorox 2, or Spray n’ Wash, is just what you need, as well as something to scrape the fabric with–a knife will work just fine. Along with your regular laundry detergent, and a washing machine, you are set to begin removing food stains from your chef coats and work pants. Remember, it is best to steer clear of detergents containing bleach. Bleach can cause yellowing when not used properly.

Steps for Removing Food Stains from Chef Coats and Work Pants

  1. Begin by scraping the material of your chef coat or work pants to remove as much of the food stain as possible before treating it. If it is a berry stain, blotting may be required to draw up as much of the juice as possible.
  2. Flush the stain with cool soda water as soon as possible. Understandably, you may not be able to deal with the stain right away. Working the line can keep you busy, with no time for scraping, blotting, or flushing. If you have the chance, however, flush the stain as quickly as possible to minimize staining.
  3. Apply your chosen stain removal item, working it into the stain with a cloth. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding how long to wait before washing. Some will have you wash the item quickly, while others suggest that you wait at least 30 minutes.
  4. Wash your chef coat and work pants with regular detergent as per the care instructions on the uniform’s tag.
  5. Before drying, check to see if the stain removal was successful. If the stain is still appearing on your chef coat or work pants, repeat steps 3 and 4. Drying the stain will set it, making it next to impossible to remove. Make sure the stain is gone before running the item through the dryer.

Depending on the type of food causing the stain on your chef coat or work pants, there are different tricks to remove food stains. Lemon juice is a common way to treat berry stains. Baking soda is another way to treat stains. No matter the food stain, learning how to properly remove it is important to your professional appearance. Whether you are utilizing Red Kap or Chef Designs workwear, these stain removal tips should restore your uniforms to a clean, professional look.