Remove Dirt Stains from Polyester

Polyester is one of those materials that you see everywhere but you rarely think about. This synthetic fabric is great for a variety of reasons (which we will explore later in the article), but very few people know how to remove dirt stains from polyester. This is especially true if we wear polyester baseball or football uniforms, where people are constantly rolling in the dirt and getting messy. 

Remove Dirt Stains from Polyester

How to Remove Dirt Stains from Polyester

You’ve got dirt stains on your polyester shirt or uniform. What do you do? Don’t worry; instead of taking your clothing to some fancy cleaner, you can use this remedy with items that you’ve already got at your house.

Important note: If the issue is mud instead of dirt, do not try to get it off right away. Mud is one of the few things that you should just let sit until it dries, because it makes it much easier to clean off. It also reduces the chance of smearing and/or staining.

What you will need:

  • Scrub brush
  • Sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  1. Use a scrub brush to gently brush off any of the excess mud or dirt that is caked onto your polyester article of clothing. Shake it out; make sure all of the hardened material is gone.
  2. Take your rubbing alcohol and apply it to a sponge. Gently pat at the stained area, do not scrub (that will make the stain worse).
  3. Flush it out with water. Alternate between steps 2 and 3 several times until the stain appears to be gone.
  4. If you do not see much of a difference after repeating the second and third steps several times, then it’s time to bring out the big guns. Get a dry-cleaning solvent and your sponge, gently dabbing at the affected area and then flushing it with water.
  5. Allow the article of clothing to dry, and then launder it as you usually would. Check it between washing and drying to ensure that the stain is out. 

Common Uses for Polyester

So wait, why would you have dirt stains on polyester anyway? Polyester is actually an incredibly common material used in a variety of clothing items that you may, in fact, be wearing when you get dirty. Here are some of the most common places that you will find polyester being used.

  • Shirts
  • Pants
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Bed Sheets
  • Sports uniforms
  • Blankets
  • Upholstery on furniture
  • Mouse pads (for the computer)

And that’s only the home furnishings and the apparel. Polyester compounds are also used in other items to add stability and durability; if you ever go canoeing or rock climbing, chances are that you are using a rope or a canoe with some polyester in it. Polyester has other properties that can be useful for these sorts of recreational purposes. Water, wind, and environmental resistance are upped when you add the synthetic polyester compounds to anything, which is why it’s often used for camping and other recreational products.

Why is polyester used in so many different things? Even though apparel may feel “less natural” than clothing made of cotton and wool, these fabrics actually have a lot of distinct advantages over the natural fibers. Polyester does not wrinkle easily at all, it can go through a lot of beatings and washings without falling apart, and the colors do not fade easily. Many times, polyester is used in conjunction with other fabrics in what are called blended fabrics. These fabrics should be taken care of in the same way as pure polyesters are cared for.