Oil stains on any fabric may be difficult to remove. And, it could be more difficult to remove oil stains on silk. Here, before sending your silk to a dry cleaner, you can try the following steps to remove oil stain.
- Put your tie on a flat surface, and use a clean paper towel to gently blot the stains as much as possible from the surface of the fabric. Never rub heavily. Otherwise, the oil may penetrate further into the silk fibers of your tie.
- Sprinkle the baking powder, corn starch or talc powder over the stain to absorb more oil for 15 minutes to half an hour. Gently brush off the powder. If necessary, repeat to absorb more oil.
- Apply the shaving cream to the oil stains and do not rub. After 30 minutes, remove the shaving cream with a paper towel.
- Put your tie on the ironing board, and keep the stained face down. Then, place a clean white cloth on it.
- Let the iron warm up on a light setting, and gently press your tie. Move the iron over stains to avoid burning the fabric. Check regularly to see if stains are reduced.
- Describe the steps you are trying to remove and the type of stains to dry cleaner or fabric care professional to find the most effective treatment.
- Spray your silk tie with a stain guard before wearing it to help prevent stains. First test a small patch on the bottom of your tie to make sure it does not hurt the fabric.
- Apply a shaving cream to the bottom of your tie and spray it on top to make sure it does not stain the silk.