How to Remove a Milk Stain from Silk.

How to Remove a Milk Stain from Silk.


Often silk garments have a soft (non colorfast) dye to give the color depth. Test for color bleeding in a hidden area of the garment before proceeding with the removal of the milk stain.


Using a white towel apply a small amount of the solution onto the towel and dab a hidden area of the garment. If color transfers to the towel, re-evaluate the use of the product and technique. Rubbing and scrubbing will cause excess color lost during the stain removal process. If the color is sensitive, you must modify your technique.


Milk is a strong binding protein which can be easily removed when wet, once it dries it becomes difficult. But as it ages it becomes impossible.


General Spotting Agent:

Liquid laundry detergent is a great product to use to create a spotting solution.

  1. The color will determine the concentration of solution to use. The more sensitive the color the weaker the concentration of laundry detergent.

Solution formula: 1 part laundry detergent, 2 parts distilled white vinegar, 10 parts water.

  1. Using the solution test a hidden area for colorfastness.
  2. Apply the solution to the stain.
  3. Tamp (tap) with a brush.
  4. Let product rest on stain for 5-10 minute to penetrate.
  5. Rinse area with fresh water.
  6. If necessary repeat steps 1-5 and increase the strength of solution until the stain is removed or switch to a stronger product.


Enzyme Spotting Agent:

If a stronger product is necessary, then switch to an enzyme spotter. They are available at your local grocery store in the cleaning product isle.

  1. Most enzyme products are color safe; but even water will cause soft dye to fade.
  2. Testing for colorfastness is always a good idea.
  3. Apply the enzyme product directly to the stain.
  4. Tamp (tap) with a clean brush.
  5. Let enzyme rest for 30-45 minute. Re-apply if it starts to dry up. Enzymes take time so be patient.
  6. Rinse area with fresh water.
  7. If necessary repeat steps 1-5 until the stain is removed.


Silk garments with excessive dye bleeding:

In situations where the garment bleeds heavily, it’s best to soak the entire garment so the dye will fade evenly. Spotting a garment as such will cause color fade and a whitish blotch in a specific area. The best solution to use in this situation is a enzyme stain remover found at your local grocery stores cleaning isle.

  1. Place the garment with the milk stain into a bucket or container.
  2. Pour the enzyme stain remover on the entire garment, enough to saturate and cover the entire garment.
  3. Let garment soak for several hours.
  4. Squeeze out excess enzyme stain remover.
  5. Prepare a bucket with 1 gallon of water along with 1oz of distilled white vinegar. Use this solution to rinse the garment thoroughly.
  6. Role the garment with a towel to remove excess water.
  7. Hang to dry.


Finish by cleaning the entire item as recommended by the care label.


Seek professional help 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 Jelly Stains.

How to Remove Peanut Butter Stains.

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