Removing Petroleum Jelly Stains from Silk

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 6, 2016)

Have you ever stopped and thought about how many different uses we have for a substance like petroleum jelly? This stuff can be used to help protect your skin from getting chapped, to helping a doctor be able to see inside of you without causing any further damage. However, there is a slight drawback to this stuff—it can stain something fierce. One of the more difficult types of materials to get a stain out of, let alone a petroleum jelly stain, is silk. Luckily removing petroleum jelly stains from silk is possible.

However, just because it is possible doesn't mean that it doesn't require a little bit of care on your part in order to be done properly. In fact, before you begin using any of the methods described here, be sure that you have thoroughly tested them on an extra piece of material, or in an inconspicuous place. If there is any problems with your material, stop using that method right away.

  • Dry cleaning solvents. Pick up some dry cleaning solvents, such as Afta Cleaning Fluid, from your local cleaners, and become familiar with the instructions. Apply the solution to the stain, and then use some paper towels to blot the area clean. Continue to blot the area with new paper towels until the stain has been completely removed.
  • Isopropyl alcohol. A great method for getting rid of petroleum jelly stains is to use some isopropyl alcohol. This type of alcohol, also known as rubbing alcohol, will help break down the oil that is in the jelly, and make getting rid of the stain a whole lot easier. However, do not apply the alcohol directly to the stain, but rather to a paper towel or cloth first. Then simply dab away at the stain until it disappears.
  • Hydrogen peroxide. If the stain will not go away with the dry cleaning solvents, or isopropyl alcohol, try using hydrogen peroxide. This liquid will act much the same way that the alcohol will, but does it much stronger. Apply the hydrogen peroxide the same way that you do with the rubbing alcohol. Be careful when using this method though; since the hydrogen peroxide is so strong it can accidentally cause some damage to the material if you are not careful.
  • Use a reputable professional. In the event that all else fails, you can always take the silk garments to a reputable professional cleaner. These people have the experience and tools necessary to deal with just about any kind of stain. In fact, many times these places and services come with a guarantee that will help protect your clothing, and at worst if anything is damaged they will usually replace it.

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