How to Remove a Grease Stain on Silk With Corn Starch & an Iron

A natural fabric produced by silkworms, silk contains fine threads that create a silky smooth feel common for ties, sheets and blouses.
Silk originated in China.Silk originated in China.
With the proper care and cleaning, silk will last for many years. The delicate nature of silk makes it difficult to remove tough stains such as grease. Harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaning will leave the silk fabric damaged beyond repair. The quicker you deal with the grease stain, the less likely a permanent discoloration will occur.

Step 1

Lay the silk fabric out flat on a smooth, level surface. Sprinkle cornstarch over the grease stain and wait 20 minutes.

Step 2

Brush the cornstarch gently off the silk with a soft cloth and into a trashcan. Continue with the remaining steps if the grease stain remains.

Step 3

Preheat an iron on medium heat for several minutes. Cover a flat surface -- such as a table or ironing board -- with a white towel. Lay the silk fabric on the towel with the grease stain facing up to the ceiling.

Step 4

Cover the lingering grease stain with a thick layer of powdered French chalk. Cover the powdered French chalk with blotting paper. Rub the preheated iron over the blotting paper for several seconds. Do not let the iron plat touch the silk.

Step 5

Examine the soil fabric. Repeat Step 4 if the grease stain remains.

Things You Will Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Soft cloth
  • Iron
  • White towel
  • Powdered French chalk
  • Blotting paper

About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.