Dance dresses come in styles for different dances and occasions, but each type is susceptible to stains, no matter how careful one is. More delicate than other clothing, these costumes require gentle cleaning methods. However, as long as dancers take prompt action, they can remove most stains easily.
Dancing is fun, but it is also hard work for the body. Sweat stains can occur after a lively performance, but are generally easy to remove. A mixture of one tablespoon of salt in a cup of hot water often works well. Dab the stain with the solution until it disappears. Treat stronger stains with a mixture of water and vinegar before washing the dress. Some dresses, such as Irish dance dresses, are too delicate to wash, and dancers should do all they can to prevent sweat stains. One method is to apply bicarbonate of soda, an effective antiperspirant, to underarms before applying deodorant. Moreover, dancers should use antiperspirant deodorants. Underarm dress shields, or armpit pads, are inexpensive accessories that effectively protect dresses from perspiration and are essential for heavily embellished dresses that cannot be washed.
Lipstick can easily stain a dance dress, and its oil and wax content makes it harder to remove. Like other stains, the sooner it is treated, the better the chances of removing it completely. If nothing else is immediately available, dab or spray the stain with a small amount of hairspray. Then gently try blotting the stain with a clean wet rag or paper towel after a few minutes. Another option is to use a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Do not rub a stain, as this can create smears. For persistent stains, gently apply a small amount of dishwashing detergent, and wash in cold water. Though it is impossible to prevent all lipstick stains, a little care makes them occur less often. For instance, dancers should apply lipstick after they put their dance dress on.
Deodorant stains are unsightly, especially on dark costumes, but are also easy to remove. Remove the stains with a piece of cotton by rubbing the stain in one direction gently until the streaks fade. Limiting the amount of deodorant and using aluminium-free varieties help minimise the chances of stains. Dancers should also wait for a few minutes after applying deodorant before donning a dance dress.
An unexpected nosebleed can quickly and unexpectedly stain a dress. Enzymes in human saliva break down proteins like blood, and dancers can use spit as soon as they notice a stain. Afterwards, soak the stained area in hydrogen peroxide until the blood loosens. Finally, rinsing with cold water should remove the stain. Since blood is a protein, avoid using hot water as this can set the stain.