I am very excited to share a discovery! Yes, well - I think the product has been around for quite a while now. I have been seeing Grandma's Secret Spot Remover in stalls whenever we go malling. It's just that I never got around to buy one because I never thought I'd have a use for it. That was until the unthinkable happened.
I saw an oil stain on my bag!
See that stain? I couldn't think of any reason why my bag would have stain on it. I was always clutching it or holding it or hanging it. In no way are the walls, my fingers the table was oily. I MADE SURE of it! Hahaha!! I would examine surfaces first before I set down my bag. I was very careful. I am very careful with all my bags, I don't want them to be dirtied uneccessarily. But somehow - this happened, I don't know how - but what was I to do? All I could think of was - Damage control.
I asked friends for advice. I asked a friend who is a Longchamp addict. She told me to use wipes. I Google-d what to do and there I read that Longchamp bags *can* be cleaned in the washer, but I wasn't brave enough to do that (plus, I don't own a washer). So I thought hard and finally decided, I needed to do something, I felt that I needed to act - FAST.
So, one day, I finally decided, why not try the wipes method? I thought, there was nothing to lose. So I got a piece of baby wipes and began scrubbing. It was only then that I discovered that the bag is sort of waterproof inside! I read somewhere that I needed to *spot* clean it. So I did. As I was scrubbing away, the the area I was rubbing into was getting dark - I guess it's because the wipes is wet. I was confident that the surface of the bag would dry up since it was waterproof from the inside. So when I finished scrubbing (well, I scrubbed for a while and then thought I've done enough) I hung the bag to dry. I was told too that I could use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to help dry it. But I just decided on the hang dry method. After a short while, I checked on the bag - I was surprised that it dried quite fast. I was very excited.
My eyes widened like I wasn't Chinese!
Yikes! I think the stain lightened BUT instead, it caused another stain. The stain looks like a crater now. What have I done?!?!?!?! I then realized, it was good that at the very least, the stain was at the back part of the bag and not the front. I was getting used to the fact that it was a hopeless case. A few days passed, but I was still bothered.
So I asked another group of friends. Kath suggested to try Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. I said to myself - you know what, try it - it won't hurt. I mean, what was the worst that can happen? Tin (aka MFO) is the distributor of Grandma's Secret - so yesterday, during breakfast in CO/OP, I bought a bottle from her. Kath was telling me that a little drop goes a long way. She swears by this product and is using it for whatever stains in clothes, bedsheets and bags. We then tried a small portion near the bottom of the bag - I put a significant drop, and let it sit.
When I got to the office I was nervous - because I didn't want another crater stain on the bag. But I was hopeful. So I cleaned the spot where we tested. I used a wet towel to rub off the product. And I saw faint suds while I was rubbing it. So I rubbed it some more until it was gone. I noticed too that the bag easily get wet - since there was no product there, I dismissed it. I hung it out to try since it was sunny. It was dry in no time - the stain was a GONE but you can see a watermark on the bag where it was wet. I then realized, that maybe with Longchamp bags, you need to wet and clean the whole bag - to *even out the color*.
So, when I got home - I was quite nervous, because I had thought of cleaning the whole bag already. And I did. Hahahaha!! So I was rubbing the bag like crazy - front and back. Make sure to rub out the suds completely. I think what worked was that by rubbing in circular motion (it gets tiring...) the product is spread out and cleans other surfaces. What I did was just put Grandma's Secret Spot Remover in spots where there are stains. If there are none - you won't need to apply it everywhere (it will just make life more difficult). So make sure to rub out the suds. So I hung it to dry. But this time - I left the bag to dry, overnight.
This morning, I was nervous! I didn't want to see watermarks, or craters or stains PERIOD. And when I saw it, I had to rub my eyes! I was still groggy and feeling weak from the blood drawing earlier. I had to go downstairs to check on the condition of the stain and of the bag.
It was a MIRACLE! Look, there is no watermark! The oil stain is GONE! The crater stain made by the wipes is GONE too!
I WAS SOOOOO HAPPY!!
Can you believe it?
Well, you SHOULD because there is hope for stains on a Longchamp bag!! Woohoooo!! :)
Grandma's Secret Spot Remover is MIGHTY and miraculous! It was able to clean the oil stain! And look at the bag - it doesn't seem like a stain was there just a day ago!!
I am very very happy with the result!!
I think the trick was to only apply Grandma's Secret Spot Remover on the stains and nothing more. To rub it out gently but surely - and then to using that same wet cloth, to rub the entire surface of the bag - so it will dry evenly.
So, there you have it!
GRANDMA'S SECRET SPOT REMOVER REALLY WORKS!!
Thank you Tin for bringing in this wonderful, miraculous product!! I super LOVE it!!!
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