How To Remove Stains From Your Dress Shirt

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The first step in removing stains from your dress shirt is to act quickly. The longer you wait to get the stain out, the harder it will be. But before you start doing anything to the stain, you'll need to know a few important things. Stains are treated by blotting, not rubbing or smearing. Start blotting from the outer parts of the stain and work your way inwards to the center.

This method ensures that you don't further spread the stain. Also, do not use a colored cloth. Make sure that the cloth you are using to blot the stain with is a white wash cloth. This will ensure that no dye from the wash cloth will be transferred onto your dress shirt. Once the stain actually happens, the first thing you should probably do is remove all excess solids or liquids that caused the stain in the first place. Use something like a butter knife to remove the excess materials which will prevent you from spreading the stain to other parts of the shirt. If it is an oil stain, coat it with corn starch and let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then remove the excess with a dull knife.

Next, wet the white wash cloth with cold water and begin blotting the stain as described before, starting from the outer edges working and then work your way inwards. These initial steps are done to lighten the stain, but you need to determine what the stain actually is, so that you can figure out what removal product to use next. For protein based stains there is usually a type of enzyme detergent used to breakdown the stain for removal. For others like a tomato based stain, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Check with the care label of your dress shirt first before using any of these stain removal products. The approach for removing candle wax from your dress shirt is quite different. Dress Shirts: Shop Online.