How to Get Stains Out of Silk Fabric

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How to Get Stains Out of Silk Fabric
Removing stains from silk can be accomplished at home. (silk colour image by coff47 from

Silk is a luxurious, sensuous fabric that can be quite expensive, and protecting this investment is of the utmost importance. Just like every other fabric, silk can also become soiled and stained. Before throwing your stained silk garments and sheets out or spending a small fortune on dry cleaning, remove the spots from the silk items at home with products you probably already have in your laundry room and kitchen pantry.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sponges
  • Water
  • Glycerine
  • Ammonia
  • Salt
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Small bowl

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    Soak a sponge in warm water. Dab at the stained area with the sponge. Do not rub because this will work the stain further into the silk.

  2. 2

    Pour a few ounces of glycerine, which can be obtained at your local pharmacy, directly onto the stain. Work the glycerine in with your hands.

  3. 3

    Allow the glycerine to sit for 30 minutes and rinse it out thoroughly with warm water.

    Sweat Stains

  1. 1

    Mix equal parts water and ammonia in a small bowl.

  2. 2

    Pour a few ounces of the mixture directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for several minutes.

  3. 3

    Rinse the mixture out with warm water.


  1. 1

    Mix 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water.

  2. 2

    Soak a sponge with the mixture and gently rub it into the stain.

  3. 3

    Rinse the mixture out with cool water and repeat if the stain does not come out.

  4. 4

    Mix equal parts meat tenderizer and water in a small bowl. Dab the mixture into the stain if it does not come out with the salt. Rinse the meat tenderizer mixture out with cool water.

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