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Any hints for keeping your coats clean?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
I am having a tough time getting and keeping my white coats clean. Help please! Anyone have a hint or two to spare?
post #2 of 25
Two words-Dry Cleaning!!!
post #3 of 25
Two Words, Hard working sous chef.
FOR YEARS I LIVED TO WORK! NOW I WORK TO LIVE!
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FOR YEARS I LIVED TO WORK! NOW I WORK TO LIVE!
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post #4 of 25
Two more words...

Don't get dirty.
post #5 of 25
Periodically, through them in the wash for an overnite soak, using a good quality degreaser. After a good 8 hours, run the wash cycle. Then, wash them again using detergent and bleach.
On new coats, iron them after a wash, using spray starch. I have found that this retards the absorption of grease vapor. This is what makes the coats look grey and dingy.
Now, would you like to know the best way to clean the mirror over the bar? LOL:rolleyes:
post #6 of 25
One word:

ARAMARK

Kuan
post #7 of 25
gilbear,
to clean the mirror use white vinegar & water and use newspaper instead of paper towels.
kat
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the words of advice- and the laughs!
I will try all of the above - thanks again.:D
post #9 of 25
my amazing chefly powers retard stains and grease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but when that doesn't work, for really tough stains(you gotta do this the same day of the stain) and this even works on carbon from the bottom of the pots. make a paste of powdered detergent and bleach, then scrub into the stain with a brush,,, let it rest for about an hour then wash as usual,,, if that doesn't do it you just gained some good rags for washing the car and changing oil.
post #10 of 25

Delegation vs. detergent.

Do like me. Hide in the office all day.
What a relief! To find out after all these years that I'm not crazy. I'm just culinarily divergent...
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What a relief! To find out after all these years that I'm not crazy. I'm just culinarily divergent...
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post #11 of 25
be trendy and wear a black chefs jacket

looks cool and hides the dirt well
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post #12 of 25

clean coats

I use cascade, i add the powdered cascade to my wash with the regular detergent or bleach, and it takes out the food stains very well... hey it takes grease off of out dishes and pots whynot out clothes.
post #13 of 25
Use the hand cleaner called "goop" on your spots. Only use that brand. The others don't work as well. I'm a mess in the kitchen, but I can get the stains out. Do it ASAP, tho.
RF
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With my eyes straight ahead,
I'll keep out of trouble
Forever,' I said."
Dr. Seuss, "I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew"
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"'If I watch out for rocks
With my eyes straight ahead,
I'll keep out of trouble
Forever,' I said."
Dr. Seuss, "I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew"
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post #14 of 25
I'm tryin' that cascade thing, tho.

RF
"'If I watch out for rocks
With my eyes straight ahead,
I'll keep out of trouble
Forever,' I said."
Dr. Seuss, "I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew"
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"'If I watch out for rocks
With my eyes straight ahead,
I'll keep out of trouble
Forever,' I said."
Dr. Seuss, "I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew"
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post #15 of 25
what i do is SHout! or any other good stain remover for clothes. i spray it on my uniform and let it sit ivernight or up to 3 days. but you gotta do it after your shift because if you wait another time the stain is in for good. i said up to 3 days cuz that way you can wait to wash more than one uniform, save on electricity! after that you just wash at regular warm cycle with regular detergent and it comes usually really mighty clean. since you dont use bleach the uniforms dont turn yellow. and i do use it heavely. almost a bottle a week. but it's goooood!

my 2 cents.

petack
petack was here.
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petack was here.
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post #16 of 25

white coats

When your coats are new, have them treated with Scotch-Guard, or just drink enough scotch and you won't care.
post #17 of 25
Oxyclean was the only thing that got balsamic vinegar out of my coat after a malfunction with the Robo!
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Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly. M. F. K. Fisher
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post #18 of 25
I use Awesome. It will clean a hood or under a fridge or stove that has been missed all season. It will also take out any greasy stains and keep your clothes white.
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post #19 of 25
Bleach is not always the key, because if you are like me, and have Black or Dark Piping or lettering on teh jacket, it will change the color of it to like a dingy brown. I spray Tilex directly onto the stain, it comes right off.
post #20 of 25
Pre-wash stain treatment applied immediately when arriving home and then OxyClean added to the water when washing, Dry Cleaning and Laundry services have all benn used with varying degrees of success by myself. I later found it better to have two or three jackets in the office. One work, one work spare and a FOH schmoozing coat. This one was usually my best dress coat. I gave up on the harder working Sous Chef long ago Although there were one or two out there. :rolleyes: :D ;)
post #21 of 25
ScotchGard

doc
post #22 of 25
ASK...your chef if you can have the linen service take care of your coats/ shirts. My boss does this for me. At the end of the shift, just throw them the "hamper". Corp. places will likely say "NO", because they are ******. If you happen to work for a joint that sees you as a human, they may likely aquiase. Godspeed!

-Jolly
post #23 of 25
Try a bit of amonia in your laundry wash water :p
post #24 of 25
Dont wear white. Camaflouge (sic) is the best color for them who slings food for a living. Learnt that from the fraulein who runs the diner. They all wear the camoflouge color.

bigwheel
post #25 of 25
Maybe, but if you do, DO NOT ADD BLEACH AS WELL!!! :eek: The two chemicals combine in poisonous ways.
"Notorious stickler" -- The New York Times, January 4, 2004
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