Removing Stains from Silk - Video

 

Summary: Silk has long been a staple to any wardrobe, unfortunately it has also be long considered an extremely delicate material that was difficult to clean. Well, no longer is that the case, just use one of these cleaning methods, and you are going to find yourself able to have the best possible wardrobe.

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Ok, let's pretend that you just got back from the store with a $200, maybe $300 silk blouse. You put it on, it looks perfect. You go out on the town, everyone else loves it...you're the center of attention. Then you come home, you go to hang it up, and there is a huge stain on the back, and you're thinking, "Well, great. I've just ruined my brand new purchase!" But, I'm gonna tell you how can save that $200.00 blouse for only $1.50.

Now, obviously there's a lot of ways to stain silk, so I'm gonna show you a couple of different ways to get the stains out. For example, if you spill coffee or tea on your silk, then you're gonna wanna sponge a little lukewarm water on the area. And then take a little glycerin and rub it right on the affected area. Right after that, let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then rinse it with warm water. And if that doesn't work then go ahead and use dry cleaning fluid on it.

Now, we're all familiar with the deodorant stains, and in order to get these out just diluting ammonia will work. But for a more stubborn discolorations, you're gonna wanna try some crushed aspirin, and some cream of tartar and just some warm water. And mix that together, apply it to the area, let it sit for about 20 minutes, and then wash it off with water.

Now, alcohol stains demand immediate attention, the sooner the better. For fresh alcohol stains, just sponging it with warm water should do the trick. But, if it's already started to turn brown, and started to set then just sponge it again with warm water, dampen the area, put glycerin on it let it sit for 30 minutes, and rinse it with warm water again. But for really stubborn alcohol stains using equal parts denatured alcohol and ammonia, use that to scrub the area, and then rinse it with water completely to make sure you get all the chemicals off, and you should be good.

Now, most importantly, remember that before you put any harsh chemicals on your silk you want to test it first on a hidden seam, just to make sure you don't ruin the entire thing. Also remember to avoid using vinegar, because it will affect the silk fibers. Whatever you do, do not apply concentrated ammonia to your silk. Always add more water to the ammonia solution. This will help guard the color.

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