What is the Problem?
Stains appear on shirts in the collar fold and neckband area and remain there after laundering or even appear more pronounced after cleaning.
What Does It Look Like?
These stains are most often yellow, tan , rust, or grayish in colour depending on the make-up of the staining chemicals and the colour of the shirt. They show up in collar areas, mainly in the neckband and fold. The staining can appear as splotches, streaks, or even rings.
What Caused It?
As a shirt is in use, the neck band and collar fold areas are exposed to perspiration, body oils, colognes, after shaves, hair styling products, medicines, or other skin tretments or lotions, skin tanners, as well as just atmospheric soils,etc. All of these substances will oxidize over tme and eventually become darker resulting in fabric staining. This type of staining is not always readily removed by home washing or even normal professional laundering. Actually, the discoloration in the neck can become more noticeable after cleaning when heat or drying or pressing acclerates the oxidation process of the remaining residue in the fabric.
Can It Be Prevented?
If shirts are washed frequently (after each wearing is suggested) before stain build-up or oxidation occurs, this fresh neck dirt can usually be rinsed out. Only the shirt owner can prevent permanent stainning by controlling what gets on the shirt and by laundering and dry cleaning at Ipswich Dry Cleaners more frequently. At Ipswich Dry Cleaners we use only the best soaps and detergents imported from Germany and the best dry cleaning and wet cleaning machines imported from Italy. Our dry cleaner Walter has over 40 years experience and has owned dry cleaning businesses in Germany, London and Sydney. Drop into the factory at 255 Brisbane Street Ipswich (opposite Bob Jane T-Marts) or call Wally on (07) 3281 1814 to discuss any problems you may have with your clothing or textiles.
Is There a Remedy for Old Neck Band Stains?
Sometimes, Ipswich dry cleaners can reduce or even completely remove old neck dirt stains with special chemical agents, but there may be a risk to some colours. Therefore, this type of staining cannot always be safely removed. Your best bet is to drop your shirts into Ipswich Dry Cleaners on a weekly basis and have them professionaly cleaned and pressed. If you value your spare time it might be cheaper than you think!