How To Remove Collar Rings From Your Dress Shirt

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Collar stains on the dress shirt are quite the headache for many people. When organic body and hair oil accumulate around the neck, it creates a ring-like stain on the dress shirt collar. Thus, the collar stain is sometimes referred to as 'ring-around-the-collar', a reference popularized by Wisk detergent commercials to the song 'Ring Around The Rosy'. The most important thing to collar stain removal is to do it as soon as possible, preferably after each wear. The more wash cycles collar stains go through, especially without pre-treating the stain, the harder they are to remove.

Before you pre-treat the dress shirt collar stain, make sure you first take out the removable collar stays. Since the collar stain is oil-based, a popular method is to use degreasing products such as shampoo and dishwashing detergent. Apply the product directly onto the stain. Then you can either gently scrub the collar stain with a toothbrush, with the collar itself, or if you are afraid of damage done by the scrubbing, you can rub the stain with your fingers. After you apply the product to your collar stain, let it soak for 15-30 minutes. Inspect your dress shirts to make sure the stain is removed and repeat the process if necessary. Once you are sure that the collar stain is fully removed, launder the dress shirt as usual.

A much easier way to remove the ring-around-the-collar is to pre-treat dress shirts with stain removal products. However, if such products are inaccessible to you, then everyday shampoo and dishwashing detergent should be sufficient. Just remember to check your dress shirt label before you apply any stain removal products. Dress Shirts: Shop Online.