Superyacht Stewardess

Sweat Stains &  How to Remove Them

In the world of the Superyacht interior department, you will soon find out that the laundry is an integral part of interior operations.

As a Superyacht stewardess you must familiarise yourself with the multitudes of fabrics and know how to treat and remove the stains which will enviable come in contact with them.

Over the next coming weeks, The Stewardess Bible will be compiling a list of stubborn stains with helpful tips on how to treat and remove them. You will then be able to download these tips, and create your own Stewardess Bible!

Today, we are going to talk about  how to remove sweat stains.

Before you start:
If possible, you will have the highest rate of success if you can treat the stain early. For the crew uniform, this is a lot easier that the gusts stains, as the crew can quickly change their uniform so that the stain can be treated immediately. The guest’s delicate fabrics tend to be a lot trickier.

Secondly: READ THE LABEL!.

I know that is a pretty obvious statement and I do not intend to come across in a condescending manner. However, this is one area that is quickly overlooked due to inexperience or time restraints.

Superyacht crew uniform: The Stewardess Bible

Sweat stains: Sweat stains are typical stains which need to be removed from crew uniform on a regular basis.
Many people think these stains are caused by too much sweating, but it’s not. In general,underarm stains are caused by a reaction between your body and the aluminium found in antiperspirant deodorants.Grubby stains around the collar are typically caused by a combination of sweat mixed with dirt particles.

As most crew shirts and polos are made from 100% cotton or a cotton / polyester combination, the best way that I found to tackle the yellowing was to use the following:

  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Oxi clean or vanish
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Step One:
Soak the shirt in vinegar and warm water for about 15 minutes.

Step two:
Mix together the salt, baking soda and the Oxi clean to make a paste. (The Oxi clean works on whitening the stain, while the baking soda and salt lift it).
On the damp shirt coat the stain with the paste, mix and leave it for about 30 minutes.

Step three:
Launder per normal with a white wash load.

Note: I do not recommend using bleach on crew shirts ever…

The reason for this is you do not know how the bleach will react to previous stain treatments and may cause the shirt to turn yellow

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Kylie is an Ex - Superyacht Chief Stewardess, and Hotel Manager from Sydney, Australia. Passionate about sharing information, you can find her typing up a storm in her small home office, or breathing in the cool wind off the North Sea, in Zeeland, Netherlands.
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