How to Clean Satin (How to Wash and Remove Stains)


The best way to clean satin is to hand wash it. Hand wash your satin in lukewarm water mixed with detergent for delicates. For stains, use a cloth dampened with a water based cleaning solution such as water with lemon juice or white vinegar and dab the stain out of the fabric. For grease and oil stains, leave an absorbent powder such as talcum powder or cornstarch on the stain overnight.


This is How to Clean Satin (How to Wash and Remove Stains)

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Learning how to clean satin fabric properly is important to maintaining the look, quality, and feel of your satin clothing. Satin can be made from a variety of fibers, however the two most popular kinds of satin are silk satin and polyester satin


The care techniques for silk satin as well as polyester satin are similar, and the instructions below can be used for satin fabrics made from either silk or polyester fibers. 


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Use these guides to ensure that you are providing the proper care to your satin made belongings. 


How to Clean Satin

Before you clean your satin garment or bedding, be sure to check the item's care label to make sure you are able to machine or hand wash it. If your garment's care label says that item is "dry clean only," then just take it to the dry cleaner.


Use the steps and methods below to learn how to clean and wash your satin pajamas, shirts, blouses, dresses, pillowcases, sheets, scarfs and more.


How to Hand Wash Satin

Hand washing is the best way to wash satin, and when given the chance to choose between machine washing or hand washing your satin, choose to hand wash every time!


Follow the instructions below to properly hand wash satin.


Things You'll Need:

  • a water basin
  • detergent for delicates or silk detergent
  • an absorbent towel 
  • a satin garment


Steps:

  1. Fill a basin with lukewarm water not exceeding 77°F/25°C.
  2. Add detergent for delicates. If your satin is made from silk, you may choose to use Silk Detergent instead. 
  3. Submerge the satin in the water and let it soak for 3 minutes. 
  4. Use your hands to agitate the satin under the water until it has been properly cleaned. 
  5. Remove from the basin and rinse under cold water until all the soap is removed. 
  6. Lay the satin garment evenly on an absorbent towel, and roll the towel up sushi roll style. Once rolled, gently apply to pressure to the top of the roll to help remove some of the excess water. Repeat until the garment is slightly damp instead of soaking wet. Do not wring or stretch the garment, as this may damage the satin fabric. 
  7. Hang or lay flat to air dry, in a cool place out of contact with direct sunlight. 

For more details please read How to Wash Satin.


How to Machine Wash Satin

Carefully follow the steps below in order to machine wash satin. Be sure to follow the steps closely, as using the wrong settings on the washing machine can lead to disastrous consequences for your satin belongings.

Things You'll Need:

  • a mesh laundry bag
  • detergent for delicates or silk detergent 
  • a washing machine 
  • satin clothing or bedding


Steps:

  1. Sort your laundry and wash your satin together only with other delicate fabrics with similar texture, color, and weight. Make sure the washing machine is not overloaded.
  2. Turn the garment inside out.
  3. Place it into a mesh laundry bag.
  4. Put the laundry bag into the washing machine.
  5. Add detergent. Use detergent for delicates or if your garment is silk satin, you may choose to use silk detergent instead. 
  6. Adjust the settings on the washing machine to delicate and wash with cold water.
  7. Adjust the settings to the shortest duration rinse cycle possible.
  8. Push start.
  9. Once the wash cycle has been completed, remove your satin clothing from the laundry bag, and hang or lay flat to air dry in a cool dark place out of contact with direct sunlight. 

For more details please read How to Wash Satin


How to Get Stains Out of Satin

The most important thing to do when a stain occurs on satin is to act quickly! The faster you start cleaning the stain off of the fabric, the better your chances are of totally removing it. 


Do not rub, but instead dab or blot the stain to begin to extract it from the fabric. Do this by dampening a clean cotton cloth with water, and repeatedly dabbing the stain.


If the stain is stubborn and will not come out, use a water based cleaning solution such as white vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water, to spray or dab onto the stain you wish to remove. 


If an oil or grease stain occurs on your satin clothing, the best way to get it out is by using an absorbent powder such as baking soda, talcum powder, or cornstarch. Cover the stain in powder, place a thin cotton cloth overtop, and put something flat and heavy, like a book, on top of it overnight to help it absorb the stain. 


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How to Clean Satin FAQ

How do you get stains out of satin?

Act quickly and use a damp cloth to dab as much of the stain out as possible. Use a water based cleaning solution mixed with white vinegar or lemon juice and continue dabbing. If the stain remains, add an absorbent powder like talcum power or cornstarch on top and cover with a book overnight. 

How do you wash satin or silk?

Hand washing is the best way to wash silk and satin. Use lukewarm water with a few drops of detergent for delicates to wash your silk and satin garments. Some garments may also be machine washable, be sure to refer to the item's care label before administering any type of care. 

Is it easy to get stains out of satin?

It depends on what kind of stain it is as well as how quickly you are able to act to clean it. The speed at which you are able to treat the stain is crucial to the outcome and how much you are able to remove. Act quickly and use water mixed with white vinegar or lemon water to dab the stain until it is gone.