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How to Remove Collar Stains from Shirts & Clean Dirty Cuffs

Nothing ruins a dress or a shirt like collar stains. The cuffs and collars of shirts, blouses and sweaters are the parts that get soiled fast and are also easily noticeable. For this reason, it is important to know how to remove collar stains and to give them special attention and care.  

Types of Cuff and Collar Stains

Collar stains and dirty cuffs can be caused by:

  • Perspiration and salt stains – When sweat stays on the fabric, it will stain the fabric permanently and weaken it. If you use too many antiperspirants or deodorants, they can also weaken the fabric. Collar stains are not always from sweat, but they are a result of dead skin cells getting rubbed off from the back of your neck.
  • Excess sebum.
  • Body oils.
  • Hair-care products.
  • Makeup items.
  • Jewellery oxidation.
  • Perfumes.
  • Food stains after eating.

Perfumes can cause their own typical problems with collars and cuffs. When these problems are left untreated for some time, perfume can turn a blouse or a shirt yellow as a result of oxidation. It becomes difficult after that to remove collar stains and restore the clothes to their original state. When clothes are exposed to heavy makeup or perfumes, it is wiser to wash them after a single wear with Surf excel.

Eating can often result in cuff and collar stains – often when you want to squeeze a lemon in a cup of tea, or take a bite out of a juicy fruit.  

How to Remove Collar Stains & Clean Dirty Cuffs

  1. The easiest way to remove collar stains from shirts uses Surf excel Liquid Detergent. Simply dip a finger into a capful of the liquid, dab it onto the stain neat, and drop the rest of the cap in the machine or bucket if you’re hand washing. Leave the neat liquid to work for a few a minutes after applying it and then wash the clothes as usual.
  2. If the stains are older and quite stubborn, you may also try soaking them in vinegar before washing it with Surf excel matic Top Load or Front load, depending on your washing machine type.
  3. Shampoo – This has been formulated to take care of dirt, natural oils and all hair care products. As this is the blend of substances that mainly makes up collar stains, shampoo can work as an effective stain remover. You have to rub a little shampoo on the affected areas and then allow it to soak into the clothes.
  4. Aspirin – This works on several problems, including cleaning collar stains and perspiration marks. You can dissolve a couple of aspirins in a glass of lukewarm water and soak the stain in this liquid for about three hours. Then put the shirt or blouse through regular wash.
  5. Dish detergent – Its grease cutting capacity makes it a great medium for removing collar stains. As collar stains are mostly made up of oils, dish detergent will be effective on them. It has to be diluted in lukewarm water, and then stain can be soaked in the mixture. It has to sit for about an hour before you wash the shirt.

Try Cleaning Collar Stains Right Away

One of the best ways to tackle problems like removing sweat stains from collars is to wash your shirts as soon as you can. However, you may have to use your good judgment when deciding how to clean collar stains on shirts. When cleaning collar stains on silk shirts, you’ll find that you can’t use ordinary soap and water to remove marks left by body oils or makeup items. You need nothing less than Surf excel to work its magic for you.  

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