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
- 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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- Better Homes and Gardens: Clothing & Fabric Care
- Good Housekeeping: Stain Buster — Cooking Oil
- Ohio State University: Quick 'n Easy Stain Removal
- Real Simple: Do I Really Need to Dry-Clean This?
- Good Housekeeping: The Complete Household Handbook; Editors From Good Housekeeping
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