How to Remove Stains from Silk

Knowing how to remove stains from silk is a good skill to have, especially if you own a lot of silk fabrics. Silk fabrics are one of the most delicate and elegant fabrics. They require particular cleaning and care. There are certain stains which cannot be removed from silk fabrics. Other stains can be removed if you attend to them in a timely fashion. Still, some remain unsure, unless the proper methods are applied which only improve the odds.

 

Remove Stains from Silk

Removing Stains from Silk

The first step in removing stains from silk is to immediately remove any excess. This will prevent it from setting into the fibers of the silk fabric anymore than it already has. If you spilled sauce or food onto the silk you should remove it using a clean knife to avoid pushing it deeper into the fabric.

If you spilled liquid onto the silk fabrics, then you should blot any excess with a clean cloth that has been dampened by cold water. If your stain is oil or grease spots, you should sprinkle cornstarch onto the affected area and gently pat the cornstarch onto the spot.

Allow the cornstarch to sit overnight on the silk fabric. After it has been left out overnight to absorb into the silk fabric, brush off any remaining powder and repeat the process as necessary.

If you are trying to remove coffee or tea stains from silk fabrics, you should take a sponge which has been dipped into lukewarm water and begin to blot at the affected area. Make sure to start from the outside of the stain toward the center to prevent it from spreading.

You can gently rub glycerin onto the affected area and leave it to sit for thirty minutes. After thirty minutes you should rinse the silk garment with warm water.

If you are removing blood stains from the silk fabrics, you should mix one teaspoon of salt with one cup of cold water. Take a washcloth and dab it into the salt mixture.

Take the washcloth and gently dab it on the affected area working from the outside of the stain toward the center. Rinse the affected area with cold water. If the blood stain remains, you can repeat the process as necessary.

If you need to remove stains from silk left my make up or by perspiration you should use a diluted mixture of ammonia. Perspiration stains can be removed with a solution of equal parts ammonia and cool water.

Take a clean cloth and dip it into the solution. Blot the affected area with the cloth.

If you need to remove stains from silk left my make up you should mix three parts cool water with one part ammonia. Take a clean cloth and dip it into the mixture. Blot the affected area with the cloth and solution.

If the stain remains, you can increase the amount of ammonia to equal parts with water and repeat the same steps. After this, you should rinse the silk fabric with cold water.

Should you need to remove wine stains from your silk fabrics, you can sprinkle cornstarch onto the affected area to absorb the wine. Once this is done, brush away the powder.

Take a clean cloth and apply the spot remover meant specifically for silk to the affected area. After this, rinse it with cold water.

It is important to always read and follow the instructions attached to your silk products prior to trying to remove the stains. Hand wash or dry clean the items once you have removed the stain.