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Stain Removal from Cotton?

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EDIT: added photos

 

Hi all!

 

I've got a button-up shirt, nothing fancy or expensive, that I just LOVE the color of, and haven't been able to find elsewhere in my size (I'm super skinny). A while ago, I washed it and when I took it out of the wash, it had a stain on it that wasn't there when I put it in. I was looking to just replace the shirt for a while but since I cant find another, I've decided to try to remove the stain myself instead. I've been reading some of the other posts here on stain removal, but the ones I've read haven't seemed to be quite what I need... or at least I'm just not sure. Anyway the shirt is 97% cotton, and I saw somewhere that it might not be safe to use hot water on cotton (the tag also says machine wash cold). The stain itself has a "liquid" shape to it, it's not individual dots but a large, spread out pool of stain. I think the main reason I'm asking here is because I really haven't quite been able to determine what caused the stain. Perhaps detergent? Fabric softener? Oil? They each seem to have a different method of removal so I want to make sure I don't do irreparable damage. I'd like to know what you would recommend for removal, or at least how I can figure out what kind of stain it is so I can research and continue from there.

 

Pretty hard to see the stain in photos taken from phone.. Very noticeable IRL though.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

~Chris

 

 

 

 


Edited by Shalinar - 6/29/16 at 3:38pm
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Shalinar View Post
 

Hi all!

 

I've got a button-up shirt, nothing fancy or expensive, that I just LOVE the color of, and haven't been able to find elsewhere in my size (I'm super skinny). A while ago, I washed it and when I took it out of the wash, it had a stain on it that wasn't there when I put it in. I was looking to just replace the shirt for a while but since I cant find another, I've decided to try to remove the stain myself instead. I've been reading some of the other posts here on stain removal, but the ones I've read haven't seemed to be quite what I need... or at least I'm just not sure. Anyway the shirt is 97% cotton, and I saw somewhere that it might not be safe to use hot water on cotton (the tag also says machine wash cold). The stain itself has a "liquid" shape to it, it's not individual dots but a large, spread out pool of stain. I think the main reason I'm asking here is because I really haven't quite been able to determine what caused the stain. Perhaps detergent? Fabric softener? Oil? They each seem to have a different method of removal so I want to make sure I don't do irreparable damage. I'd like to know what you would recommend for removal, or at least how I can figure out what kind of stain it is so I can research and continue from there.

 

I know it's probably difficult to diagnose without a photo. I'll upload a picture when I can, I tried to take some but it was very hard to see the stain and I'm on my way out right now.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

~Chris

A photo would really help us help you in this case.

post #3 of 5
Without knowing the provenance of the stain it would be difficult to come up with a cleaning strategy. I would take the shirt to a professional and see what they can do to clean it.
post #4 of 5
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Wasn't sure if just taking it to dry cleaners would work, I've taken stains to dry cleaning places before and they couldn't get them out, but maybe the place I went just sucked haha.

Added photos to original post. Thanks guys 

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Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

Without knowing the provenance of the stain it would be difficult to come up with a cleaning strategy. I would take the shirt to a professional and see what they can do to clean it.

I agree. This can be fixed by a professional in 2-3 hours maximum.

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