should know before trying to remove a spot or
stain that the substance and methods to be used
will not destroy the fabric or ruin its appearance.
When in doubt about whether a spot or stain can
be removed without serious damage to the
material, the spotter should contact the
supervisor and obtain his or her advice before
starting the work. We have indicated earlier that
identification and treatment of some spots are
necessary to keep them from becoming stains.
This is not always possible due to heavy
workloads and lack of time to check clothing
items. In this case a note should be placed in the
plan of the day (POD) by the supply officer asking
the owners of articles requiring spotting to tag
the articles with a note identifying the spots. This
information makes the spotters job easier, faster,
and more accurate. It also alerts the spotter to do
spotting before dry cleaning.
SPOTTING TOOLS AND
The spotter must know and understand the
equipment and tools used in spotting operations
in order to get the best possible results. Spotting
tools and equipment consist of the spotting board
assemblymain spotting board, sleeveboard,
garment tray, chemical tray, and spotting gun;
spotting brushes; spatula; chamois and towels;
cheesecloth and blotters; magnifying glass; soap
solution containers; and spotting bottles and
Main Spotting Board
The main spotting board is the spotters
worktable. (See fig. 6-15.) It is shaped like an
Figure 6-15.-Spotter using the spotter board.