How to Fix a Scorched Collar Tip on a White Dress Shirt
Though ironing was intended to improve the look of the dress shirt, an overheated iron or simple distraction can make it look worse. Scorching the collar on a white dress shirt can leave a noticeable stain in a very visible place. Since covering it up isn't an option, a little quick thinking and action is in order. Using what you may already have handy, you can effectively remove scorch stains from your collar tip.
Remove the Stain With Laundry Detergent
Cover the stain with liquid laundry detergent.
Scrub the laundry detergent into the fibers using an old toothbrush.
Launder the garment with the recommended amount of oxygen bleach, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Dry the garment in the dryer or hang it outside to dry in the sunshine.
Eliminate Scorch Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide
Soak a clean cloth with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Use a white cloth to avoid transferring colors onto the white collar.
Lay the cloth over the stained collar tip and rub the area with a hot iron.
Lift the cloth to see if the stain is still there.
Place a different area of the cloth over the stain and iron over it again.
Lift the cloth and check once again. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.
- A small scorch stain can be lifted by rubbing it with white vinegar or 3 percent hydrogen peroxide on a sponge or cloth.
- If the scorch has melted the fibers, the collar is damaged and cannot be fixed by removing the stain.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.
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