How to Remove Grease Stains From Silk

Getting grease stains on silk seems like the end of the world as we know it--or at the very least, the end of the garment. But you need not start cleaning your house with silk rags, because silk, a natural fiber, is hardier than we give it credit for being. Don't give up on it until you try the following suggestion for removing grease stains from silk.

How to Remove Grease Stains From Silk

How to Remove Grease Stains From Silk Clothes or Curtains

Silk clothes and curtains fall into the same category, simply because they're easier to  smooth out onto a flat surface. You will need the following items:

  • Cornstarch or babypowder
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Soft brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Time

Perform these steps to remove a grease stain. Repeat as needed.

  1. Place a thick layer of cornstarch on grease stain, pressing into area.
  2. Leave in place for 24 hours.
  3. Brush cornstarch off, if some of the stain remains, go to step 4.
  4. Rub some dish liquid into the grease stain and allow to sit for several hours.
  5. Blot with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

How to Remove Grease Stains From Other Silk Fabrics

The steps are the same, but could be trickier depending on where the grease stain is located. Once again you will need the following:

  • Cornstarch or babypowder
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Soft brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Time

Smooth out the stained area as much as possible to create a flat surface and follow these steps:

  1. Place a thick layer of cornstarch or powder on the stain and press in.
  2. Leave in place for  about 24 hours.
  3. Brush away cornstarch/powder. If grease spot still remains go to step 4.
  4. Apply small amount of dish detergent to area and rub in.
  5. Allow to sit for several hours.
  6. Blot with damp cloth and allow to dry.