You can use a commercial stain remover to get rid of spots, but there are also DIY solutions you can try. The first step in removing a sweat stain is to identify the stained material. Below are the most common types of materials that can become sweat-stained, with steps on how to remove sweat from each.
- Delicate fibers such as acetate, rayon, silk or wool
- Washable fibers such as acrylic fabric, cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester or spandex
- Leather or suede
- Vinyl clothing
Follow these steps to remove stubborn sweat stains from acetate, rayon, silk and wool.
- Sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes, moving outward from the center of the stain) the area with water, then follow with an application of wet spotter and a few drops of ammonia. (Take care when using ammonia on silk and wool.)
- Cover with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter.
- Let the pad remain in place as long as any stain is being removed.
- Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
- Keep both the stain and pad moist with wet spotter and ammonia.
- Flush well with water and allow to dry thoroughly.
Removing sweat stains from washable fabrics (like acrylic fabric, cotton, linen, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester and spandex) only takes a few steps.
- Try an enzyme presoak product and use it according to package directions.
- After soaking, launder as usual.
- For older laundry stains, sponge the area with a diluted solution of distilled white vinegar and water, then launder.
- If the fabric color changes, stretch the stained area over a bowl of ammonia so fumes penetrate while the spot is moist.
- Prompt treatment of perspiration stains is necessary, as they can weaken most fibers.
Caution: Never iron a garment with perspiration stains. The heat will set the stains.
Leather or Suede
Follow these steps to remove sweat stains from leather or suede.
- Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water.
- Swish to create a great volume of suds.
- Apply only the foam with a sponge.
- Wipe with a clean, dry cloth.
- On leather only, follow with cleaners such as Tannery Vintage Leather Cleaner & Conditioner or Fiebing's Saddle Soap to condition the leather.
Follow these steps to remove sweat stains from vinyl clothing.
- Add a few drops of ammonia to warm water.
- Wipe the stain with a cloth dipped in the warm sudsy water.
- Rinse well and wipe dry with a clean cloth.