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Date: 6/11/13 12:18 PM

My husband's dress shirts came back from the cleaners all ruined!
They all have big & small round spots. They look like grease/oil spots- but I don't know what they really are.

These spots were done by the cleaners but of course- they are not taking responsibility for it.
I am so upset, as is my husband. These shirts are between $60-$100 a piece.
Cleaners ruined 10 of them.

Spots are on the front- sides and back. They claimed that my husband is a sloppy eater!

I have tried EVERYTHING to get these spots/stains out. Since I don't know what they are from- I can't treat them properly so I've been trying everything.

Any idea what these are from? The cleaners won't even consider that they did this.

What can I use on them that I haven't already- I've used Dawn dish wash liquid; Carbona for oil & fat; Carbona for motor oil & lubricant; Carbona for nail polish & remover- this last one worked a lot but not 100%.

thank you for any advice.
And no- we aren't going back to that cleaners!

Also, I don't mind washing his shirts myself- but it's the pressing that I don't have the time for.

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Date: 6/11/13 12:35 PM

Ten shirts ruined, at $60 to $100 each? With that much money invested, I would probably consult a lawyer about this. Even if he suggested Small Claims Court, I would pursue it.

You could try soaking one of the shirts in Oxy Clean, though. I have used that technique successfully on vintage garments with stains of unknown origin

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Date: 6/11/13 12:41 PM

Make a paste of Dawn dish liquid with peroxide and baking soda. Spread on stain & let set overnight.

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Date: 6/11/13 12:50 PM

Ten shirts ruined, at $60 to $100 each?
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I KNOW!!
This is why we are so upset!!!!

I'm soaking them in Oxyclean right now.

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Date: 6/11/13 12:50 PM

won't the peroxide bleach out the color on the shirts?
They aren't white- all colored shirts.

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Date: 6/11/13 12:59 PM

peroxide works on organics (by oxidizing the organic material), so it will dissolve the stain without hurting the shirt. I was giving blood once (stop reading if you're squeamish), fainted, the needle came out, and blood went everywhere, including a dress I was wearing. They used peroxide on the blood and the dress was good as new. Also works well on red wine stains on carpet, mixed with just a small drop of dish soap.

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Date: 6/11/13 1:01 PM

Maybe try some fels naptha soap on the stain, if you can find a bar?

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Date: 6/11/13 11:33 PM

I use alcohol to get ball point ink and Sharpie out.

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Date: 6/12/13 10:09 AM

Quote: cakemix
won't the peroxide bleach out the color on the shirts?

They aren't white- all colored shirts.

The color might be lighter, but it won't remove the color. But really, at this point, what have you got to lose?

I would definitely beholding the laundry accountable if I was 100% sure that is where the staining occurred.
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Date: 6/12/13 10:11 AM

Try baby powder. I've never used this to removed stains from the drycleaners, (that's an oxymoron) HOWEVER, I've used baby powder to remove grease, oil, ketchup, pretty much anything for years. It even works after 1 washing. Give it a try. Just pour a generous amount of baby powder on, the cheap stuff, and work it into the fabric. Let it sit for a bit to absorb the grease/oil. Then wash. Only try this if it is a washable dress shirt. I'm assuming it is, but you send them to the DC for the professional service.
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