Clean a satin shirt easily at home.

How to Get an Oil Mark Out of a Satin Shirt

by Mimi Abney

Constructed from polyester, silk or acetate fibers, satin is a durable, lustrous and strong fabric. While it is best to send silk- and acetate-based satin shirts to the dry cleaner, you can launder your favorite washable satin shirts at home. With a few common household products and proper care, you may even be able to get rid of an oil stain without a pricey trip to the cleaners.

Read the garment care label for instructions. Typically, polyester-based satin shirts are machine washable. If your silk- or acetate-based satin shirt has a "dry clean only" tag, do not wash it in the washing machine or by hand.

Lay the shirt on a white towel on a flat surface. If you have a cooking oil, baby oil, vegetable- or olive oil stain, press the stain with a twice-folded paper towel to lift the oil mark from the shirt.

Spray the stain with a pre-treating product. Wait three to four minutes, then cover the stained area with heavy-duty liquid detergent.

Wash the shirt in a washing machine on the delicate washing cycle, with the slowest agitation speed, using hot water and heavy-duty detergent. It is best to launder oil-based stains in hot water to lift the grease from the fabric properly. If you do not have a strong detergent, make a paste with powdered detergent and water. Apply the paste to the stain before laundering.

Skip the dryer and hang the satin shirt to dry. A hot dryer may weaken synthetic fibers. You may also lay the garment flat on a large white towel to dry.

Items you will need

  • Paper towel
  • Pre-treating product
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent or powdered detergent
  • Hanger
  • White towel


  • To make sure that the colored satin fabric does not bleed or fade, test the stain remover on an inconspicuous place on the garment before treating the stain.


  • Never wash the stain with a bar of soap, which can set the stain.


About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.

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