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.

1 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.

2 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.

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

4 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.

5 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.


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