Q: Is there a way to remove perspiration stains?

How to get rid of sweat stains - Image courtesy of robhyrons at FreeDigitalPhotos.netA: Stains from perspiration are usually found on the underarm area of a garment. However, any area that contacts the body may have such stains. Perspiration contains fats, oils, and moisture holding impurities that may vary from one person to another. The stain may be invisible at first but with age and the heat of finishing after cleaning will oxidize and turn yellow. An untreated perspiration stain on silk may cause the fabric to become severely tendered and to deteriorate.

In the case of a dry cleanable garment, the remaining stain often contains water-soluble impurities and can usually be removed by your dry cleaner. Your dry cleaner uses special detergents and formulas to remove perspiration stains. These procedures, however, may cause shrinkage or texture change in your garment. Thus, your dry cleaner may ask for your consent before attempting stain removal.

Consumers can control and often prevent damage from perspiration by performing frequent cleaning and stain removal and by wearing antiperspirants, perspiration shields, or undergarments.