How to Remove an Oil Stain from Rayon.

How to Remove an Oil Stain from Rayon.

OIL! OIL! OIL! What can I say, it’s bad for your hips and it’s bad for your garments.


How to identify an oil stain: On a light color garment the oil stain will have a transparent appearance. On a dark color garment the oil stain will appear as a dark stain. In both cases the oil stain will appear without any texture or color.


Depending on the color, and severity of the oil stain will depend on the concentration of the solution to use. The more sensitive the color of the garment, the weaker the concentration of the spotting solution should be.


The product we use in our green dry cleaners for oil stains is a dishwashing liquid. My favorite is Dawn or Joy, everyone has a bottle in the kitchen, it works well and it’s fairly gentle for sensitive colors.



Remember to always evaluated color and material. Test for color bleeding in a hidden area of the garment before proceeding with the oil stain removal process. 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 can cause excess color lost.


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 is your resource for cleaning tips and garment care information.

A certified green dry cleaner by the Bay Area Green Business Program and the San Francisco Department of Environment.

Your non toxic dry cleaning alternative serving you with an EPA approved Eco Dry Clean (Wet Clean) System that is safe for your health and is environmentally friendly.


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