Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

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Remy
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Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby Remy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 5:23 pm

So it is getting close to Halloween and I decided to pull out my original series Star Trek Uhura style uniform to check on it and get it ready. And there is a black ink stain on it. How it got there I don't know as I baby it and don't just cram it in a random drawer. I made it 20-ish years ago and am a bit concerned with using anything harsh to try to dislodge the stain and possibly damage the fabric. I really don't want to retire it as it is a favorite. Any ideas would be appreciated. Fabric is old red cotton jersey knit. :banghead:

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Re: Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby starrley » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:30 pm

I would love to see a photo of your uniform. It sounds awesome! I'm sorry about the stain, but don't panic. Do you have any OxyClean? I totally swear by that stuff. It's gentle but very effective. A tube of lip gloss made it's way into my dryer, and got oily red lip gloss on a bunch of dress shirts! OxyClean spray and gentle scrubbing with an old toothbrush got it out of pretty much everything.
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Re: Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby Remy » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:38 pm

Terrible pic and I have no where to hang it from atm but you get the idea. I don't have any oxyclean on hand but I will give it a try in the next day or so as soon as I can get hubby to run to store for me. Yeah it doesn't look too good laying flat...
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Re: Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby Eliste » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:07 am

Its red, be careful! I'm not familiar with OxyClean, but a lot of cleaners these days are disguising their bleach content by saying things like "highlighting agents" within the ingredient list. Red is particularly susceptible to bleach and bleach-derived chemicals, so be super careful or you'll end up with a slightly pinky patch.

I'd highly recommend testing a section of the inside hem to be sure its not going to affect it. (and not just the pre-treat, rinse and check test either. Actually scrub it too)
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Re: Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby Remy » Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:01 am

I'm pretty sad to say this but this uniform will be retired after this Halloween. The ink stain isn't budging and the fabric is so old it's just deteriorating when I try. Luckily it's in a spot that will be covered by my long hair but I think it'll be best to try to let it go before I do major damage to it. I'm not happy about this but it is what it is and it had a good run. Thank you Starrley and Eliste for your assistance. I'll be thinking of you both when I get around to making another uniform after grieving for this one.

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Re: Stain removal assistance Star Trek uniform

Postby starrley » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:27 pm

Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that! :(
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