How to get rid of, and prevent deodorant stains

“It never fails!  I’m rushing to get ready and out the door and I end up getting deodorant stains all over my clothing!! Do you have any tips for getting the marks out or just preventing them in the first place?”-concerned customer

 

I can identify with this dilemma!  This happens to the best of us, when we rush we get dressed in a hurry and end up with a white mess on our hands, or should I say clothing.  Don’t fret!!  The following will help you through your temporary stained situation.

Step 1- Try to use an invisible solid deodorant.  Unlike regular white solid deodorant, this product is less likely to leave visible marks on your clothes.

Step 2- Apply a thin layer of deodorant.  If you slather it on thickly, it’s more likely to rub off on your little black dress.

Step 3- Wait for about 30 seconds after applying deodorant before you put your clothes on.  This allows your skin time to absorb the deodorant.  Even  better, put it on at night before bed after you’ve showered.

Step 4- If you can, wear an undershirt under your clothing.  This blocks the deodorant from touching your dress clothing.

Step 5- Roll the bottom hem of your shirt or dress outward before putting it on.  After you’ve pulled the garment over your head, unroll the bottom of it.  If any deodorant gets on the garment, it will be on the inside.

 

If you’re already dressed and have found unsightly white deodorant marks, try using a piece of foam from your Clean’n’Press dry clean hangers. As crazy as this may sound, I have tried this method and it has worked for me!  Gently rub the foam on the white marks. The foam should create a slight bit of friction that will lift the white marks making them not noticeable.  If you are worried and unsure, do a test on an inconspicuous area of the garment first, especially if your item is silk.   DO NOT overly rub, you could cause color loss or abrade the fibers in the area.   Whether you have your item cleaned at Clean’n’Press or do so yourself at home, time is of the essence.  The longer a garment sits after wearing without cleaning, the antiperspirant left can cause chemical damage (i.e. holes and discoloration) because of the acid-based chemicals and aluminum chlorides it may contain.

As soon as possible after wearing, have your items cleaned by the professionals at Clean’n’Press to remove any residual stains still sitting in the garment.

 

The Art of Preserving the Party Dress

The holidays are nearly upon us, and that means all of those sequined and bedazzled party dresses will be making an appearance. The following are tips on how to care for your finest party dresses, and what to do if your date spills a glass of red wine on your special dress

 

  1. Check the care label. If you are currently in the market for a new sparkly frock for your upcoming Holiday party, read the care label as you are out shopping, not after purchase. By reading the care label before purchase, you will get a good idea as to how fragile or delicate the item is that you are thinking about purchasing. Can this dress be cleaned by any method? Is it spot clean only? Is it a one-time wear item due to not being able to withstand any sort of cleaning?
  2. Do I have to clean this with every wear? Unless you have a disastrous experience occur (like that red wine spill), clean when you notice unsightly stains or odors. If you’ve only worn the item for three hours out to dinner, you can get away with letting your dress air out after dinner. Next time though, you probably want to get your dress cleaned. Keep in mind, if you have a spill you do want to get your dress into the cleaner asap. Chances are if you bring it in while it’s fresh (within the week) the stains will not have had a chance to become permanent. Dry cleaning will extend the life of your garment if cleaned regularly after wear.
  3. Spot check. In the occurance of a minor spill, it’s best to blot carefully with a dry, white napkin or cloth- DO NOT RUB! Delicate items can be damaged by the mechanical action of rubbing. Rubbing of silk can and will lead to color loss in the stained area.
  4. Be aware of loose threads. Any loose beads or threading can lead to loss of beads after a cleaning process. If possible, knot any threads, don’t pull! If you send in your dress to be cleaned before tying up loose ends, you could lose an entire row of beading as they are most likely strung on one main line.
  5. Trust your Clean’n’Press associate to know how to handle your most delicate party dress or evening wear. We have the experience and knowledge to clean and finish your treasured items. If for any reason we foresee problems in cleaning an item, we will not proceed until we have discussed all cleaning procedures with you.

Rest assured your beautiful evening wear will be ready to wear with a thourough cleaning from Clean’n’Press!!