How to remove stains from your dress shirt

How to remove stains from your dress shirt

Looking for the best way to remove unwanted stains from your dress shirt? No problem, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll teach you some tricks that will help you out in getting rid of those unwanted stains. Continue reading to find out how to get your dress shirt looking stunning again.

The most efficient way to remove stains from your dress shirt

Looking for the best way to remove unwanted stains from your dress shirt? No problem, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll teach you some tricks that will help you out in getting rid of those unwanted stains. Continue reading to find out how to get your dress shirt looking stunning again.

First, some general guidelines

No matter what type of stain you may come across, the key is to prevent it from setting into the fabric. A settled stain is much more of a hassle to get rid of than one just left for a few seconds. To avoid this, keep these guidelines in mind:

Treat the stain immediately with room temperature water. You can also use proper solvent if you have any of those available, but water is always better than doing nothing at all. This is especially helpful for occasions where you’re not at home and do not have access to any other aids, as it will at least prevent the stain from becoming permanent. Keep in mind that while this method is effective, it is usually not a 100% effective treatment on its own.

Avoid any direct heat to the garment. Heat will speed up the process and the stain will settle must faster.

Avoid any pressure to the garment, applying any solvents and/or water gently using a dabbing technique. Rubbing forcefully will only make the stain settle faster.

Different methods for different fabrics

Using the wrong method or solvent when treating a stain can cause damage worse than the actual stain, so make sure to research which products are suitable for the fabric in mind. By checking the care label you will in most cases find all the information you’ll need to treat the stain. If you don’t find the information you need in it, there are some general guidelines to follow:

If it’s made mostly from cotton, which is a heat resistant fabric, you’re good to throw it in the washing machine to get rid of the stains. Light acids such as lemon juice, vinegar, etc. as well as detergent also works fine.

Depending on the material, synthetic fabrics can be scrubbed more harshly without taking damage but will be destroyed by some bleach-products. To make sure you’re good, use a standard laundry detergent to get rid of the stain.

Getting rid of iron scorch marks

Accidentally left the iron on your dress shirt for too long while ironing? Reverse the damage using a soaked cotton ball or rag in vinegar and use it to dab at the scorched area. Blot the stain with a clean rag, which should help with lifting the stain off the dress shirt. However, this technique may require more than one application to get rid off the scorch mark fully.

Getting rid of the stain, a step-by-step guide

You’ve soaked your dress shirt, got your proper solvent ready to go. Now what? As stated earlier, applying the wrong method to your dress shirt can ultimately result in a much worse situation than the one you started out in. The key guideline to take with you is really to never apply direct force. However, are you on the lookout for a more in-depth guide on how to remove the stain from your dress shirt, we’ve got exactly what you’re looking for.

Soak the stain with water immediately while you’re still wearing your dress shirt. Make sure to get the whole stain soaked and that it gets soaked through all the fabric and not just placed on the surface.

Once removing the dress shirt, soak the stain again and apply an absorber of some sort. Salt is both the most common and cheapest of them although cornstarch or talcum powder can be used for similar effect. Let it sit for a good few minutes (10-15) before washing it off once again using room temperature water.

Apply appropriate solvent underneath the stain (inside the dress shirt). You’ll want to push the stain to the surface, not the other way around.

Place the dress shirt face down on some paper towel. This gives the stain something to sink into (and off from your dress shirt). Let it sit for a while. Don’t forget to make a final wash-out before the garment dries down completely. If it ends up completely dry before this step it might result in an even bigger stain.

In order to get rid of both the stain and the solvent, give the dress shirt a final rinse using a laundry machine or leaving it for dry cleaning.

Remember, taking immediate action is the best practice when it comes to handling stains. Once you’ve got your dress shirt soaked in room temperature water, you have time to look up what methods work best for the situation.


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