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Goddard's Dry Clean Spot Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

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Goddard's Dry Clean Spot Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

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The Bottom Line

Goddard's Dry Clean Spot Remover is an excellent product for removing stains from dry-clean only fabrics. NOTE: As of October 2012, the product is no longer being manufactured. You may be able to find it online as long as supplies last. A suggested replacement product is: Angelus Brand Dry Cleaner and Spot Remover.
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  • Works effectively to remove stains
  • Safe on dry-clean only fabrics


  • Can be difficult to find in many stores
  • Contains some non-environmentally friendly ingredients


  • Dry Clean Spot Remover
  • Aerosol formula
  • Works effectively on silk, wool and dry clean only fabrics

Guide Review - Goddard's Dry Clean Spot Remover - About.com Laundry Product Review

Since 1839 Goddard's has been a fixture in Great Britain as a silver and furniture polish manufacturer. Building on their heritage for superior care of fine things, Goddard's added a Dry Clean Spot Remover for fine fabrics.

Standard stain removal practices are not always best for dry clean only fabrics like wool or silk. It is also difficult to use standard techniques on outfits that must be dry cleaned because of trim or embellishments. Goddard's is safe for those fabrics and particularly effective on oil-based stains.

The product contains a mixture of dry cleaning chemicals and a highly absorbent powder that helps list stains to the surface. The aerosol formula is sprayed on the stain, allowed to dry and then brushed away with the fine plastic brush on the top of the removable cap. As with any spot remover, always test first in an inconspicuous place to be sure that your garment is colorfast.

I tested Goddard's on my uncle's rather expensive silk tie. He had coffee stains in a couple of places. With just a quick spray and the patience to allow it to dry completely, the stain brushed away completely. I then gave it a try on a wool jacket that had a gravy stain on the front. Same treatment, same results!

The spot remover is not recommended for rainwear, rubberized or foam-backed materials, suede, sheepskin or washable wallpaper. It should not be used for large areas - just for spot cleaning. It can be used to spot clean before using a home dry-cleaning kit. I also recommend that when you take your garments into a professional dry cleaner that you tell the cleaner how and where you treated a stain.

While not all ingredients are listed, it does contain chlorinated solvents which can be eye irritants. It also contains trichloroethylene a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.

While not necessary for everyday stain removal, I would recommend Goddard's Dry Clean Spot Remover highly for specific stain removal on non-washable fabrics. It will always be on my shelf.

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