Did you know that deodorant and antiperspirant products can ruin your clothing? Klinke Cleaners has some tips for you that can prevent damage and extend the life of your clothing. 

Have you ever noticed a yellowing in the armpit area of your clothing or of someone else’s? This yellowing and the resultant fiber damage might not be related to sweat, but may actually be related to the deodorant or antiperspirant that you use. 

The aluminum chloride in some antiperspirants can weaken the fibers in cotton, linen, rayon and some synthetic blends and actually leave holes after cleaning. You may also find that deodorants that are artificially colored with blue or green tend to leave more pronounced stains. 

There are a few things you can do to help prevent and treat stains left by antiperspirants. First of all, change the way you apply your deodorant. Don’t apply it immediately after your shower, but wait until your skin is dry. Then, wait again until the product has a chance to dry before pulling on your clothing. If you’re still seeing a problem, you might want to experiment with other products to find one that works better for  you. 

It may sound obvious, but wearing an inexpensive undershirt can very effectively protect your expensive dress shirts from stains and premature aging. 

If you do notice a stain, spot treat the area or soak the shirt in water with a little detergent or hydrogen peroxide before laundering. If you dryclean your garments, make sure to point out the stain or inform your drycleaner that you’d like a little extra care given to that area of your shirt. 

Stop in at your local Klinke Cleaners to have your dress shirts drycleaned and spot cleaned so you always look your best and professionally polished.