Treatment for Set-In Grease Stains
When grease stained clothing slips through into the dryer, it may seem that the stain will be impossible to remove. While not guaranteed to work on all fabrics and on all grease stains, dry cleaning solvent may help remove grease stains from clothing. The solvent works to break down the bond between the grease and the fabric fibers.
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Clean, White Towel
- Baking Soda
- Dry Cleaning Solvent
- Heavy-duty Laundry Detergent
- Position the stain over a folded, white towel.
- Apply a generous amount of baking soda to the surface of the grease stain. Allow to remain on the stain for ten minutes, and then dust off.
- Sponge the grease stain with a clean, white towel saturated with dry cleaning solvent.
- Allow to dry.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
- Launder as normal. Hang to dry to ensure all grease stains are removed.
Remaining Color Stains
After removing the grease stain, you may find that a discoloration remains on the fabric. This happens when there is a dye or color to the grease. Treat the entire garment using chlorine or color-safe bleach, according to the type of fabric. Fabrics not safe for bleaching may be placed in an oxygen-activated laundry product, such as Oxy-Clean.
By taking the time to quickly treat grease stains and using caution with heat-setting drying, you can easily remove the vast majority of grease and oil stains from clothing. Clothing labeled "dry-clean only" should be taken to the cleaners as soon as possible. This will enable the cleaner to promptly treat the stain, which will increase the success for removal.