If you are on good terms with your dry cleaner talk to him about some of the pretreat solutions he may use. ( You have to love having a best friend who owns a dry cleaning/linen service. Especially when his father is considered the definitive authority in the area ) Most cleaners won't mess with it because of the time involved. Ask, if you can get some of the solutions from him. ( We have two different ones here but in small unmarked sprayerbottles.) Basically what you do is spray a little bit on the armpits. take a clean cloth and blot it. spray again. Let it hang in an area with a good breeze. Repeat this for 4-5 days of longer. Eventually the odor should be removed ( and the stain) enough that a good conventional cleaning will finish the job.I have seen those chemical take out moldy soot smell and stain from a mostly white concert type t-shirt. Btw- it worked on soft dogfood that was spilled on my wifes glen plaid suit and left partially lay there anywhere from 2-3 days. ( You have to love grandkids and their pet labs when they come down to feed the bird.) The stain and the smell were completely removed within a week. I DO NOT know how frequently my wife blotted it through out the week. Hope this may be of help sir. John G.
Thank you so much, John, for your authoritative suggestions--your place in heaven is secure. I will address the problem tomorrow with my dry cleaning fellow (I've had middling results fixing past disasters, but your approach ought to make a significant difference). Norcaltransplant, thank you, sir, for the emphasis on pre-treating the chemical waste zone: I will do as you suggest. And Brian, thank you for your kind words. Apparently, they make nice people in San Diego. But does it ever get cool enough for you to wear anything besides lighter suits in that beautiful place? Regards Jack