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Remove sweat stains in seersucker suit

cartisdm

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Just got back from a thrift store where I picked up a white/grey seersucker suit for $20. It fits surprisingly well right off the rack and I think I can get away with just having it tapered a bit by a tailor. Only problem is the suit is obviously well worn and has some yellowing in areas around the back of the collar, front buttons, and pants pockets. I have no idea how old the suit is and of course I know suits are generally dry clean only. If the right steps are taken, can I spend some time trying to whiten up the suit a bit or is it a waste of time?

I've never owned a seersucker suit before but I'm going to a steeplechase in a few weeks and figured I shouldn't waste the opportunity to grab a suit that fit

Here's a rough idea of the color of my suit. My grey might be just a touch lighter than what this guy has:
 

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Just wear it as is. It's patina.
 
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Just wear it as is. It's patina.

I'm assuming the patina portion is sarcasm but I may end up just wearing it like this. I'm going to wear the suit outside and have my wife give me an honest opinion of whether the stains are more or less noticeable in the direct sunlight (clothing can play tricks on you indoors). Still, if I can liven up the suit a bit and have it not look quite as "worn" that'd make me feel even better about my $20 purchase
 

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Search google for Oxyclean treatments.

I have oxyclean and some arm & hammer cleaning powder stuff. Is this safe to do to my cotton suit? Should I just spot treat or can I soak then wash on delicate and air dry?
 

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Same exact thing happend to me! I got a Ralph Lauren seersucker blue and white oxford and it had gross yellow armpit stains. I used Oxiclean stain removal spray and it got the stains right out. May take 2 days or so but I sprayed the area really well and let it sit in the sink with cold water for a couple of hours. Then I threw just the shirt itself in the wash with cold water and let it air dry. Repeat until the stains come out but do not put it in the dryer the heat will make the stains stay and spread.
 

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