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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos In Time Out

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    I suggest soaking the collar in a highly concentrated solution of Oxiclean for a few hours. It's gotten rid of set-in sweat and food stains on shirts I've loved - it might be able to take care of some ink.

    Attempting that now. I would imagine that sweat and food are easier stains to deal with, just because they're fat and salt and protein based, and thus can be dissolved by enzymes in the detergent once initially worn down by the Oxyclean. Ink is a different beast altogether. Crossing my fingers.
     


  2. cptjeff

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    The in-house laundry service at a high-end hotel recently got a small (probably pen) ink stain on the collar of one of my dress shirts. It's an expensive shirt that I'd really like to keep if possible. Problem is, they've ironed the shirt, so the stain is pretty set.

    Is there any method I can try that will remove the stain, but not damage the shirt? Note that this is a light lavender shirt with white contrast collars/cuffs, so I need a method that preserves the color of the shirt's body and also avoids bleeding body colors into the collar and cuffs.

    When all is said and done, I suppose I can just have the collar replaced with a new one, given that it's white. But I'd prefer not to if I can get this stain out.


    If they put it there, they should be taking it off or buying you a new one. There's no excuse for that one.

    But I would bet against oxiclean, which is most effective against organic stains. But there's a thriving industry of stain removers out there- one of the ones I've had success with is called Tech stain remover. Got a little bottle of it at the hardware store, and it's worked for quite a few tough stains.
     


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    Attempting that now. I would imagine that sweat and food are easier stains to deal with, just because they're fat and salt and protein based, and thus can be dissolved by enzymes in the detergent once initially worn down by the Oxyclean. Ink is a different beast altogether. Crossing my fingers.
    Theres a woman here in Australia who writes books and does radio on cleaning and stain removal - she is really impressive. I think she started life as an industrial chemist or somesuch - anyway she is science based as well as being green. I can't remember her name or books - I'll do a search edit:: Shannon Lush - http://www.judyoz.com/ccp0-prodshow/...over-book.html
     


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    a few quick questions, thanks!
    1) where can i find Isaia Suits in London?..
    2) Borrelli shirts in London?
    3) Luciano Barbera shirts in London?
     


  5. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Two part question:

    Are these lapels too wide?

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    and is it surgically possible for a tailor to modify lapel width?

    Thanks!


    Lapel width is personal preference, but they should normally come fairly close to your tie width. If anything the tie could be slightly thinner. I would say that your combo there is good. A good tailor can alter lapel widths, but I wouldn't do it and neither would a good tailor purely because the button hole on the lapel would be riding on the edge and look silly.
     


  6. random-adam

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    For a buddy's outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, 11:30am wedding, in two weeks, 35 guests and pretty casual --

    ∙ Black linen sportcoat
    ∙ Buchanan plaid bow tie
    ∙ Khaki linen trousers
    ∙ White spread-collar shirt
    ∙ Black Park Avenues

    ...acceptable? I have no in-between black shoes yet; it's either balmorals or chuck taylors.
     


  7. Don Carlos

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    If they put it there, they should be taking it off or buying you a new one. There's no excuse for that one.

    But I would bet against oxiclean, which is most effective against organic stains. But there's a thriving industry of stain removers out there- one of the ones I've had success with is called Tech stain remover. Got a little bottle of it at the hardware store, and it's worked for quite a few tough stains.


    Yeah, I'm going to give them serious shit if I can't get this stain out.

    Update: Oxyclean did nothing. According to random Google searches, people recommend anything from vinegar to rubbing alcohol to hairspray to get ink stains out. While I am reluctant to try these methods, at this point, what do I have to lose? The shirt is unwearable with the stain, so fucking up the collar any further isn't going to change anything. Either way, I need to get the collar replaced.

    So annoyed.
     


  8. patrickBOOTH

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    For a buddy's outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, 11:30am wedding, in two weeks, 35 guests and pretty casual --

    ∙ Black linen sportcoat
    ∙ Buchanan plaid bow tie
    ∙ Khaki linen trousers
    ∙ White spread-collar shirt
    ∙ Black Park Avenues

    ...acceptable? I have no in-between black shoes yet; it's either balmorals or chuck taylors.


    A Black sport coat with that ensemble would be a poor choice, especially if it is fairly casual and outdoors like you mentioned. I would wear a different dark color such as navy. If you wear grey I would rethink the khaki trousers.
     


  9. Harold falcon

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    Yeah, I'm going to give them serious shit if I can't get this stain out.

    Update: Oxyclean did nothing. According to random Google searches, people recommend anything from vinegar to rubbing alcohol to hairspray to get ink stains out. While I am reluctant to try these methods, at this point, what do I have to lose? The shirt is unwearable with the stain, so fucking up the collar any further isn't going to change anything. Either way, I need to get the collar replaced.

    So annoyed.


    The best method will depend on the type of ink. Is it from a ballpoint pen? Is it from a felt tip pen? Is it from a "permanent marker"?

    If it's a standard ball point pen ink, I have had some success with fingernail polish remover. You may look a little effeminate buying it at the grocery store, so I recommend you go someplace that has those self-checkout lanes so nobody knows it was you. Also, pay cash, and don't user your frequent shopper card.
     


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    Yeah, I'm going to give them serious shit if I can't get this stain out.

    Update: Oxyclean did nothing. According to random Google searches, people recommend anything from vinegar to rubbing alcohol to hairspray to get ink stains out. While I am reluctant to try these methods, at this point, what do I have to lose? The shirt is unwearable with the stain, so fucking up the collar any further isn't going to change anything. Either way, I need to get the collar replaced.

    So annoyed.


    I've used rubbing alcohol on ink on leather, but don't know about cloth.
     


  11. Don Carlos

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    The best method will depend on the type of ink. Is it from a ballpoint pen? Is it from a felt tip pen? Is it from a "permanent marker"?

    If it's a standard ball point pen ink, I have had some success with fingernail polish remover. You may look a little effeminate buying it at the grocery store, so I recommend you go someplace that has those self-checkout lanes so nobody knows it was you. Also, pay cash, and don't user your frequent shopper card.


    I have no idea what type of ink it is, as I didn't make the stain in the first place. From the looks of it, it's a very fine black dot. So probably a ball point pen of some sort. It's small enough that it almost looks intentional. I am struggling to come up with how a single dot (like dotting an i in a sentence) got there accidentally.
     


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    Best cap toes in the $100-$300 range?

    If you have the time, monitor the Brooks Brothers Peal & Co. clearance sales, particularly at the end of each season.
     


  13. Zachgranstrom

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    The in-house laundry service at a high-end hotel recently got a small (probably pen) ink stain on the collar of one of my dress shirts. It's an expensive shirt that I'd really like to keep if possible. Problem is, they've ironed the shirt, so the stain is pretty set.

    Is there any method I can try that will remove the stain, but not damage the shirt? Note that this is a light lavender shirt with white contrast collars/cuffs, so I need a method that preserves the color of the shirt's body and also avoids bleeding body colors into the collar and cuffs.

    When all is said and done, I suppose I can just have the collar replaced with a new one, given that it's white. But I'd prefer not to if I can get this stain out.


    Here is an article that I used when I got a pen stain on my pants.

    link:http://www.ehow.com/how_13427_remove-ballpoint-pen.html

    Edit: I used rubbing alcohol.
     


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    What is a good burgundy shoe/boot you would recommend to wear on most days to work? I wear burgundy shoes/belt most days since it matches best. I work in a hospital and walk around a lot so it would have to be comfortable. I would need to be able to wear it to clinic. Also, I will have to wear it into the operating room when I don't have time to change shoes, so I would need to be able to clean blood off of it, and it would have to be durable.
     


  15. Harold falcon

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    What is a good burgundy shoe/boot you would recommend to wear on most days to work? I wear burgundy shoes/belt most days since it matches best. I work in a hospital and walk around a lot so it would have to be comfortable. I would need to be able to wear it to clinic. Also, I will have to wear it into the operating room when I don't have time to change shoes, so I would need to be able to clean blood off of it, and it would have to be durable.

    AE Leeds would be good. Get it in Burgundy and get it Topey'd to prevent slipping or sliding.
     


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