101 things to do with Soak | 019 The autographed shirtPosted: 22/06/2010
I spent last Saturday at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. There’s nothing like sitting on the grass under the stars and listening to the talented Jim Cuddy sing “Pull me through”. Listening to Mr. Cuddy’s soothing voice made me think of Blue Rodeo, and my autographed shirt.
I love this shirt. This 5 dollar white tee with its bad paint job brings with it the memories of an amazing night. This shirt is from my very first concert, with my very first real boyfriend. After the show, he took my hand and went up to the security guard and asked if the band would sign my shirt; and they did!
It’s hard to tell in the pictures but the shirt is very dirty. It was quite hot when I was wearing it so it became sweaty and had small stains from other sources that I can’t quite figure out. These stains have become increasingly yellow over the years. I wouldn’t dare throw it in the washing machine or even hand wash it in case the paint and marker ran. Instead, I used Soak to spot clean the stains.
I put a little bit of Soak right on the stains and gently rubbed it in.
I then used a slow stream of water to rinse the area, carefully avoiding the signatures.
I put a towel on the inside of the shirt so the wet back wouldn’t be touching the front and possibly making the ink on the front run. I gently pressed another towel on top to absorb as much water as possible and then hung the shirt to dry.
Now I’ll safely put it away until Aug 26th where I will be sporting this shirt and singing along to “5 days in May” at the Molson Amphitheatre.