Marree said, “Hi Have a silk fabric doona and have split a cup of tea on it. How can I treat this stain to remove it. Hoping you can help me with this problem.”
It is usually best to spot clean a stain, especially on a delicate fabric like silk and a delicate item like a doona or down comforter. Use the steps below to remove the stain. It is always best to test each cleaning method in a small hidden area first to look for any adverse reaction before you begin treating the stain.
You Will Need:
- Paper towels
- Club soda
- White vinegar
- A cloth
- Baking soda or borax
- Isopropyl alcohol
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- If the spill is fresh, soak up as much as possible with paper towels or napkins.
- Blot the spill with some club soda on a cloth. This may work to fully remove the stain.
- If the stain is old or if the above methods have not removed the stain, mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water. If possible, use distilled water to prevent getting a water stain if you have hard water.
- Blot the stain with the vinegar solution.
- If the stain is stubborn, use full strength white vinegar.
- If the stain remains, blot the area with plain water to rinse off the vinegar.
- Mix either baking soda or borax with some water to make a thick paste. About a ratio of 3 parts powder to 1 part water is good.
- Spread the paste over the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes, the wipe it off and sponge with water to rinse.
- The paste treatment can be repeated as many times as needed. If the stain is stubborn, let the paste dry on the stain, then brush it off.
- If the stain still won’t budge, blot it with isopropyl alcohol.
- Do not substitute another vinegar, such as apple cider or red wine vinegar, for the white vinegar. They are not as strong and could leave a stain.
- If necessary, the stain can also be treated by a professional dry cleaner.
- Don Aslett’s Stainbuster’s Bible by Don Aslett
- Field Guide to Stains by Virginia M. Friedman, Melissa Wagner and Nancy Armstrong
- Joey Green’s Cleaning Magic by Joey Green
- Haley’s Cleaning Hints by Graham and Rosemary Haley