Things You Will Need
- Paper towel
- Talcum powder
- Cotton balls
- Dry cleaning solution
Silk is a soft, luxurious fabric that is produced from the secretions of silkworms. Silk is also a delicate fabric that can easily be ruined if not cleaned and cared for properly.
Oil-based stains, such as those from hand lotions, can be cleaned from silk garments and sheets without the need for a professional cleaning. The products required can be found at your local grocery store or in your kitchen’s pantry.
- Remove any remaining lotion by wiping it away with a paper towel. Avoid smearing the lotion more and try to remove the lotion with your fingers and the paper towel.
- Lay the silk piece flat onto a table or ironing board.
- Sprinkle the affected area with talcum powder.
- Allow the talcum powder to sit for 12 hours or overnight. The talcum will absorb any of the oils from the lotion that have been worked into the silk.
- Soak a cotton ball with dry cleaning solution.
- Dab at the stain with the dry cleaning solution. Do not rub the stain with the solution as this will work the stain even farther into the fabric.
- Allow the solution to sit for two to three minutes. Remove the solution by dabbing at it with a cotton ball that has been soaked with plain water.
- Allow the area to air dry completely.