Silk Stain Removal Solutions

Follow these tips on silk stain removal and cleaning to get rid of those spots.

When cleaning silk, you don’t want to turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear by using the wrong technique. Many silk garments are washable if you are careful. Check the fabric care label.

Treat stains from spills and such before you wash silk clothing. (See below for special ways to treat perspiration and deodorant stains.) On a hidden spot, apply a paste of powdered laundry starch and cold water to make sure the silk is colorfast. If it is, apply the paste to the stain, let it dry, and brush it away.

Silk stain removalTo wash a silk garment, you can either do it by hand or use the delicate cycle and cool or warm water in your washing machine. A mild detergent, such as Woolite, works best. Carefully roll the garment in an absorbent white towel to blot up excess moisture. Then either lay it flat to dry or hang it on a padded hanger.

WATCH OUT: When cleaning silk, always keep these precautions in mind:

  • Never use chlorine bleach; it can irreparably damage the fabric.
  • Never dry silk in sunlight; it will fade.
  • Never wash silk ties; both the silk and its lining are prone to shrinkage. (The lining will usually shrivel first.) Instead, take them to a dry cleaner.
  • When you’re dressing, apply hair spray, makeup and other beauty and grooming aids before donning anything made of silk. The alcohol in them could cause dyes to bleed.

To iron silk, use a low setting and iron on the inside of the garment only.

Perspiration and deodorant stains can discolor and weaken silk. (The salt in perspiration, and aluminum chloride and other chemicals in deodorants and antiperspirants, can stain silk.) Dry-clean or wash perspiration-stained garments as soon as possible.

To treat perspiration or deodorant stains on washable silk garments, try one of these remedies, but first test it on a hidden spot to see whether the fabric dye holds:

  • Soak the perspiration stain in warm water and a paste of table salt and white vinegar.
  • Make a paste of cream of tartar and warm water and apply it to the stain. Allow the paste to dry for silk stain removal, then brush it off and launder.
  • Dissolve 2 aspirins in ½ cup of warm water and apply it to the stain. Let it dry for hours, brush it off and launder.

To avoid perspiration stains in the first place, apply deodorant and then use your hair dryer to dry your underarms before you dress. I hope these tips bring silk stain removal success.

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