A Few Tricks on How to Remove Stains from Silk

Since silk is delicate fabric, it requires special care and cleaning in order not to be ruined. Removing stains from silk is a difficult task but a prompt treatment with the right supplies can increase the chances drastically. A good news is that you may even be able to get the stain out of the silk with a few household items as long as you treat the stain immediately. Remember not to use hot water or any source of heat when removing stains from silk, as this can set the stain permanently into the fabric, according to cleaners Queensbury.

  1. Blot any spilled liquid  from your silk immediately with a cloth dampened in cold water. For solid substances such as food or sauce, use the back of a knife or spoon to scrape the excess mess away. If a greasy spot remains, cover it with talcum powder or cornstarch. Wait for the powder to absorb the grease overnight, then brush it away.
  2. To remove coffee and tea stains from silk, blot with damp sponge first and then rub a small amount of glycerin into the stain, as advised cleaners Queensbury. Let the glycerin sit on the stain for 30 minutes before rinsing the silk in warm water.
  3. Get rid of blood stains by blotting at the stained area with a solution of 1 cup of cold water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Use cold water to rinse, then repeat if necessary. An alternative to the salt solution is a paste of meat tenderizer and water. Spread the paste over the stain and let it work for an hour or two, then rinse with cold water.
  4. If you have spilled wine on your silk clothing or furniture, sprinkle generous amount of cornstarch on the stained area to absorb the wine. After about an hour, brush the powder away and treat the remaining stain with a commercial stain remover designed for silk. Follow the directions of the cleaner to avoid damaging the silk. Use cool water to rinse.
  5. Use diluted ammonia to remove make-up stains from silk. Dilute 1 part of ammonia with 3 part water in a bowl. Dip a clean cloth in the solution and blot the stain until it comes out of the fabric. Rinse with cold water and repeat if needed.

For all other stains, cleaners Queensbury suggest using a commercial cleaning product designed specifically for silk fabrics. Remember to rinse the silk always with cool water to prevent setting the stain.

April 8, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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