I found this WITH GOOGLE
( search phrase was "t-sql storing special characters"):
To escape special characters in a LIKE expression you prefix them with an escape character. You get to choose which escape char to use with the ESCAPE keyword. (MSDN Ref)
For example this escapes the % symbol, using \ as the escape char:
select * from table where myfield like '%15\% off%' ESCAPE '\'
If you don't know what characters will be in your string, and you don't want to treat them as wildcards, you can prefix all wildcard characters with an escape char, eg:
set @myString = replace(
(Note that you have to escape your escape char too). Then you can use something like this:
select * from table where myfield like '%' + @myString + '%' ESCAPE '\'
Also remember to allocate more space for your @myString variable as it will become longer with the string replacement.