Preventing and Treating the Ring Around the Collar

September 20, 2022

This detergent commercial from the 70s addresses one of the most common garment stains that we all experience – ring around the collar. “Ring around the collar” or cuffs on a shirt is caused by a combination of body oils, perspiration, colognes, sunblock, hair tonics, medicines, and other types of skin preparations. 

Preventing Ring Around the Collar

To prevent ring around the collar and around the cuff area, you can do the following:

  • Avoid using too much cosmetics or fragrances around your neck.
  • Use products that are designed to prevent dirty collars, such as collar guards and adhesive absorbent tape which act as a physical barrier between the neck and the collar of your shirt.
  • Wear mock neck undershirts to avoid contact with the shirt collar.
  • Wear scarves to avoid soiling the collar to keep coats, jackets and blazers in top condition, especially for leather and suede coats. Below is a video “25 ways to wear a scarf in 4.5 minutes” from Wendyslookbook.

In addition, you should wash your shirts after each wearing, especially for white and pastel color shirts. If you wear your shirts multiple times between washes, the body heat generated from the second wearing can set in stains from the first wearing.  Collars may look clean after the first wearing but oils may be invisible until heat is applied. That’s why you should launder your shirts after each wearing. 

Treating Stains on Shirt Collar and Cuffs

Many laundry pre-treaters, sprays and stain sticks are available in the stores for removing ring around the collar.  Since the ring may contain sweat, colognes, grease and whatever else, no one product is good for all. Some pre-treaters may even set in the stain. That is why you should bring it to your most trusted dry cleaning service Utopia Cleaners. We will pretreat the ring with one or more formulas that will either remove or lighten, but definitely not set in the stain. 

In addition to ring around the collar, shirts are also prone to color loss, and fabric abrasion leading to tears, punctures, and holes. To properly care for your shirts and enable them to last for years in excellent condition, you should take them to your local Boston dry cleaner. Utopia Cleaners’ shirt laundry service not only treats collar and cuff stains, we check all the buttons on your shirt, tighten loose buttons and replace any missing or broken ones free of charge, not to mention that our cleaners will launder and press your shirt with our state of the art equipment. Cuffs and collars will be smooth and crisp, giving the top-gun professional look that you’ll need at work. Ironing at home requires considerably more time and effort than it takes us to press a shirt, and ultimately it won’t look as nice.

The better you take care of your shirts, the longer they will last and the better you will look. Let Utopia Cleaners help you put on a professional look every day with a clean, well-pressed shirt. Bring your shirts to our stores or schedule a free laundry pickup today!