Although polyester is fairly stain resistant, oil will still leave a mark. Fortunately, since polyester is easier to clean than natural fibers, removing the stain can be done with a few simple steps.
You Will Need:
- Dawn dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Warm water
Steps to Remove the Oil Stain:
- Begin by moistening the area with warm water.
- Apply a grease-fighting dish soap such as Dawn. Be sure to choose one that does not contain bleach, or it may discolor the fabric.
- Work the dish soap into the stained area with your fingers or a stiff brush.
- Rinse the area to see if there is improvement.
- If needed apply more dish soap, scrub and allow it to set on the stain for several minutes, but do not allow it to dry.
- Wash the garment as usual with regular laundry detergent.
- Allow the piece to air dry until you are sure the stain is removed.
- Retreat if necessary.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the oil stain is old, you can make it “fresh” again by spraying it with WD-40. Once the oil is absorbed again, treat the stain using the above method.
- Polyester is a strong fabric that remains colorfast with most cleaning methods. Still, if you have any concerns about fading or adverse effects, test a small hidden area first.
- There are a variety of commercial stain removal products that are also designed to treat grease stains. These can be applied to the surface as well to aid in removal.
- Although warmer water temperatures can set some stains, in this case it is helpful to break down the oils. Avoid using cold water for the best removal success.