How to Remove Oil Stains from Wool.

How to Remove Oil Stains from Wool.


General Info: Wool is a natural fiber derived from sheep. Using excessively high alkaline products will cause the hairs to curl crating shrinkage, felting, and tightening of the weave. Most dyes on wool are stable but it’s always best to test for color fastness before proceeding with any stain removal.


How to test for colorfastness: Take the stain removal product and apply small amount to a white towel. Take that towel and blot a hidden area of the garment to see if color transfers over to the white towel.

Product: My favorite oil remover is liquid dishwashing soap (Dawn or Joy). It’s in the kitchen and readily available.


Let’s Start: Create a spotting solution with 1 part (1oz) of liquid dishwashing soap, 1 part (1oz) of distilled white vinegar, and 6 parts (6oz) of water.

Increase the strength of the solution if necessary. If the garment is colorfast you can use it full strength directly on the oil stain.


Finishing Up:

Once the oil stain starts to dissipate dry clean (wet clean) or wash the garment per manufactures care label. It is not advised to leave a spotting agent on a garment for long periods of time as it will age and discolor or yellow.


Seek professional help with your specific garment if necessary. If you have a good relationship with your green dry cleaners they will be more than happy to help you with stain removal questions.



Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners in San Francisco and Sausalito

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How to Remove Red Wine Stains.

How to Remove a Blueberry Stain.

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How to Remove a Ketchup Stain.



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