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How to remove grease stains from silk

Updated April 17, 2017

Grease stains on silk clothing or furniture can be difficult to manage. Silk is an extremely delicate fabric that requires special handling. Removing a grease stain from silk isn't as simple as stain-treating and washing in the washing machine. Learn how to remove grease stains from silk in this article.

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  1. Flatten the section of silk with the stain on it. Clothes or drapes can easily lie flat. If the stain is on a piece of furniture, smooth the section of fabric.

  2. Sprinkle cornstarch on the stain. Pat the cornstarch into the stain, pressing to make a thick layer. Leave the cornstarch on the stain for 24 hours.

  3. Brush the cornstarch away from the stain and shake the piece of silk or brush it hard (if it is on a piece of furniture). The cornstarch should absorb the grease. If more cleaning is required, continue with Step 4.

  4. Rub a small amount of liquid dish detergent into the grease stain on the silk. Let it sit for a few hours.

  5. Rinse the dish detergent from the stain. Let the fabric dry.

  6. Tip

    For silk-upholstered furniture with grease stains, use as little stain remover as possible.


    Test the liquid dish detergent on a non-stained section of silk to be certain it won't harm the fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Liquid dish detergent

About the Author

Lea Barton has been writing since 1989, with over 2,000 articles in print and online for such publications as "Today's Parent," "Boston Globe Magazine", and Associated Content. She attended Harvard University's Extension School, completing courses in creative writing and German.

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