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How to Whiten Polyester Uniform Shirts

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My husband works security and has to wear white polyester shirts and long sleeved under armour shirts to cover his tattoos..all shirts are stained very badly with dirt on the elbows,collar, back, and front pockets..i cant get the stains out.tried vinegar, color safe bleach, and at his meeting today they were told that if the shirts are stained they will be sent home. they have been washed and dried several times but the stains seem to get worse..please help

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I dont know if some of it is caused by my washing machine or if its just from where he is working, little accidents or what not but they ahve been washed and dried several times and i dont know how to get the stains out

Lessons Learned

  • sometimes washed twice in a row..color safe bleach..soaking in vinegar nothing works

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100 percent polyester

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I'm sorry you are having such trouble. I'm going to share my best tips to get them white and remove the stains. However, I must admit that since they have been washed and dried with stains remaining, it may be difficult to remove the soil. But, here goes.

Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

You should also use a heavy-duty detergent like Wisk. The stains will come out better if you soak the shirts after each wearing before washing. Have a soaking solution ready and drop in the shirt after it is removed and soak until time to do laundry.

Good luck!

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