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Advice on wretched suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by prinseugen, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. prinseugen

    prinseugen Well-Known Member

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    I just endured a long, distressing flight. I mean, this was really grim: wretched weather, postponements a go-go, idiots on parade, professional liars in charge of one's baggage, identity controls by the guardians at the gates of Hell...you get the idea. Well, my poor suit (a ten-year-old custom sharskin), in which I was forced to live for twenty-four bloody hours of unrelenting misery, is in poisonous condition--and here I'm using mild parliamentary language. Have you gentlemen found a remedy for stress-induced underarm sweat of the Niagara Falls variety? The thing simply reeks, and it ain't with class. Dry cleaners have yet to invent the cure for this sort of thing; they simply do not extract odoriferous matter. Any ideas short of drilling the old rag with buckshot would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,

    Jack
     


  2. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I haven't a clue what you should do with the suit, but I do believe this deserves a "funniest post" nomination [​IMG] And my apologies, for deriving pleasure from your pain [​IMG]
     


  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Drycleaning really won't fix it?
     


  4. Millerp

    Millerp Senior member

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    Try to see if dry cleaning will work.

    If it doesn't, and before you throw the suit out, you might
    try Febreze Fabric Refresher (available in supermarkets in
    the laundry cleaning products aisle)

    Test it first. It works great on upholstery, but they say it can
    be used on practically any fabric except silk.
     


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    aarghh Senior member

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    I usually find that brushing, airing, and then steaming it in a bathroom with a hot tub with lavender oil mixed in the water, tends to work with the most tenacious odors.

    Over time, cedar hangers will also exorcise the smell.
     


  6. prinseugen

    prinseugen Well-Known Member

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    Gentlemen, one and all, thank you for the kind replies, and to A Harris, who is consistently helpful on many topics, thank you, sir, for the good-hearted comment. I will certainly follow your recommendations and take the miserable thing to the dry cleaner--at arm's length, of course. Should the guy fail to achieve the desired result, then Febreeze comes next. And if that does not finally exorcise "the beast," a good 12-gauge volley surely will.

    Respectfully,

    Jack
     


  7. JohnG

    JohnG Well-Known Member

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    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.
     


  8. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Make sure to request the lining around the arm pits to be pre-treated thoroughly.  I bought an "excellent" condition Corneliani blazer off Ebay with sweat stains around the pits and promptly returned it for a full refund.  Nasty stuff--I still haven't purchased anything other than NWT and I don't plan on it in the near future.  Im also thinking baking soda in an old pair of cotton dress socks might also remedy the situation in the interim.
     


  9. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    (LA Guy @ 28 Sep. 2004, 1:27) Drycleaning really won't fix it?
    Reminds me of "the Beast" episode of Seinfeld. I find it hard to believe a quality dry cleaner couldn't fix the situation.
    That's the first thing that came to my head. And I agree, this is one of the funniest posts here.
     


  10. prinseugen

    prinseugen Well-Known Member

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    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
     


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