Perfumes are fragrant liquids made from essential oils that are extracted from flowers and spices, in order to give a pleasant smell to one’s body. They are made from both natural and artificial sources. Some can; be strong, be light, smell like fresh grass, smell like a bunch of flowers or oranges or even grapes; in essence, the amount of the oil concentration in your perfume can determine how strong it would be for it to have an effect on your clothing, in form of a stain.
Fragrances, in which perfume is, have various ways in which they are applied to the body. They can be sprayed on any part of the body. For perfume, it is generally sprayed on the body, on the dresses and even on the hair. In the course of spraying on dresses and clothing, there can be a stain. You might be wondering how a perfume spray can initiate a stain. Can perfume stain clothes?
Clear perfumes do stain clothing, leaving residue on them. Usually, perfumes are alcohol-based; they leave oily-looking spots on fabrics, especially when sprayed directly on them. Apart from the alcohol and oil, perfumes can also contain dye, which can very much also leave a stain. That is why it is often advised that perfumes or even any other fragrances should be sprayed on the skin before being dressed, rather than clothing.
Some still wonder whether perfume can really stain clothes, but it is actually common logic. Perfume with deeply coloured liquid with a full concentration on a white cotton, will definitely stain than the lighter fragrances on maybe a dark coloured cloth. So, if the fabric in question is light coloured, especially white, it is advisable not to spray directly.
Generally, each kind of perfume are made from various kinds of sources and their levels of fragrant oil differs; making them to be more concentrated than the other. And of course, all perfumes have their general constituent, but we should also take note that each manufacturer has his own special way of production. Creed Aventus Perfume is very special; you won’t regret this choice!
In this process of production, each manufacturer gets what suits him more, which might end up staining your clothes.To avoid that, instructions are always given to spray the perfume 15 m or more away from your body. Also, allow perfume to dry completely on the skin before getting dressed. But, you never can tell how carried away you might be one day, and end up spraying your nice shirt, thereby staining it. This article will tell you ways to remove perfume-stained clothes.
There are various clothing materials that can end up being stained by a perfume spray. There is the cotton and other washable fabric; the silk and triacetate; and the leather or suede.
Cotton and other washable fabric
Cotton, linen, nylon, polyester, spandex, or wool, can get stained by a perfume spray. The following should be done to remove this stain:
- Moisten the stain by dabbing the centre of the stain with water, especially when it is a fresh stain. This prevents it from spreading and setting in the fabric.
- If the stain isn’t fresh, dabbing with water alone isn’t enough. Create a solution that is one part glycerin, one part dish-washing detergent and 8 parts water. For a small stain, you can use a teaspoon or tablespoon as measurement. Stir the detergent solution thoroughly before use.
- Apply the detergent solution to the centre of the stain only, and not to the surrounding area. Another alternative here is rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol and the detergent solution works almost the same way.
- After applying the solution, fold up a sheet of paper towel, and place it on top of the stain. The trick there is that as the detergent solution works to remove the stain, the folded paper towel absorbs the stain out of the fabric. Same as when the rubbing alcohol is applied.
- Now, as the paper towel absorbs the stain, change the paper towel. After about 10 minutes, when it is evident that the paper towel had absorbed some of the stain, place another folded paper towel on the spot. Keep doing this until the stain is completely lifted.
- If the stain is completely removed whether by the detergent solution or rubbing alcohol, make sure you flush the garment with water to remove any residue of what has been used. Then, hang the cloth to dry.
Silk or Triacetate
- For a silk fabric, run water over it; whether they are old or fresh stains. The silk and triacetate materials are not so absorbent, but it is necessary to saturate the stained area with water as much as possible.
- After the saturation, add few drops of glycerin on the stained area, gently dabbing it with your fingers. This helps to soften the stains so that they can be removed.
- After adding the glycerin and dabbing for a while, run the fabric under water, and rinse well. At this point, you should see that the perfume stain has been removed.
- If the glycerin did not fully remove the stain, make a vinegar solution. Use a one to one ratio of water and white vinegar, then, add a small amount of the solution to a cloth or sponge to dab the stain from its centre.
- Flush with water to remove any residue of the cleaning agents used. Hang to dry.
Leather or Suede
- Water mustn’t be used on a leather or suede fabric. Therefore, use a dry wad of paper towel with gentle tapping motions to blot out the perfume stain.
- Make a solution of soap and water, by adding a squirt of milk liquid soap. Create suds by shaking the bowl or swirling your hand around in the water.
- Use your hands to scoop up the foam on to a clean sponge. Use the sponge to pat the stain gently.
- Now, the soap suds or bubbles should have completely removed the stains, after you wipe the suds away from the fabric.
- In the case of partial removal of the perfume stain, with the stain still so visible, sprinkle enough cornmeal to lightly cover the stain. Cornmeal can actually lift and absorb stains.
- After about half an hour, use a dry, stiff-bristled brush to delicately brush the cornmeal off the leather or suede fabric. You can repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely removed.