How to remove food stains from silk garments?

To remove the food stain from silk garments:

  • Blot the stain using an absorbent cloth or paper towel.
  • Next, prepare a stain-removing solution by mixing white vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl of water. Alternatively, you can dilute liquid dishwashing soap in a bowl with warm water.
  • Dab the stain-removing solution over the stained surface.
  • Leave it to settle for about 5 minutes and then pour some water followed by rubbing the stained areas using your fingers.
  • Finally, rinse the stained portion with cool and clean water and hang the garment on a clothesline for air drying.

There are a variety of different ways to remove food stains from silk clothing, but it’s crucial to first read the care label on your clothing to determine the proper washing procedure.

That being said, regardless of the washing solution that you use, it’s recommended to test the solution in inconspicuous areas of your clothes first before applying it to the stained surface.

Note: Not all silk fabrics may be washable, some may be “dry clean only,” and some may be washable; so read the care label to confirm the right approach to cleaning your silk garment.

Key Takeaways

  • The approach of removing food stains from silk fabric depends on the type of stain (for example watery, oily or greasy stains).
  • Oily food stains are obviously difficult to remove especially from silk garments as the standard stain-removing solutions do not work that well.
  • It is very important to check if the silk fabric is color-fast, before treating the stains at home to prevent color bleeding and causing other damages.
  • Silk stains can be removed by applying dishwashing liquid, homemade solutions like vinegar and lemon, mild detergent, or baking soda.
  • Make sure to read the care label before applying the solution over the stained areas as your silk fabric may or may not qualify for washing.

Is it easy to get stains out of silk?

Since silk is a delicate fabric, removing stains from it can be challenging.

Silk is made of natural protein fibers, which are more delicate than other fabrics like cotton or polyester. So, you have to be careful and take your time when cleaning a stain off of silk.

Also, a lot depends on the type of silk that is being cleaned, as not all silk items are the same.

So, the difficulty level depends on the type of silk fabric, how heavily the fabric is stained, the type of stain, and the methods used to clean the fabric.

The key here is to treat the stains as soon as possible, as the longer they sit, the harder they are to remove.

Are stains on silk fabric permanent?

Stains on silk fabrics can sometimes be permanent, but it is also possible to remove them with the right cleaning methods. The best way to remove a stain will depend on the type of stain, the type of fabric, the recommended cleaning methods, and the age of the stain.

At times, it may be difficult to remove the stain according to the recommended method on the care label. This is because the nature of the stain and fabric may have changed over time, or the cleaning method may be too weak or too harsh for the particular fabric.

How to remove food stains from silk garments?

When it comes to removing food stains from silk, there are a few things you can do to make sure the process is as effective as possible.

First, it’s important to act quickly when a stain occurs because the sooner you’re able to treat the stain, the better your chances of being able to remove it completely.

If the stain is still wet, start by blotting it with a clean, absorbent cloth.

Once you’ve removed as much of the excess moisture as possible, you can now use the below methods to remove the stains from your silk garment.

Baking Soda

For oily or greased food stains, such as curry or gravy spills, apply baking soda powder over the affected surface of your silk garment.

Let it soak for a few hours; doing this will absorb the oily substance from the stain and break down the stain-causing particles.

Now, use a soft-bristled brush and scrub to remove excess baking soda powder, then apply a mild detergent with water.

Rub the solution gently over the stains and leave it to settle for another 10 minutes before you rinse the affected portion of the garment using clean water.

Once rinsed, you will either notice the stains are gone or have become light.

While treating the stains, it’s important that you don’t try too hard or be too aggressive with scrubbing, as this may damage the fabric.

Mild Detergent

After blotting the stained surface with a clean cloth, mix a solution of warm water and gentle laundry detergent in a bowl.

Now take a clean cloth, dip it in the solution, and gently dab at the stain. Be sure to avoid rubbing the stain, as this may spread it further.

Alternatively, you can apply a thick paste of laundry detergent over the stained surface and rub it gently using your fingers. This method works on both fresh and dried stains.

Now, leave the solution to settle for about 5 minutes, then pour some water and repeat the rubbing process.

Next, rinse the stained portion with clean water and check if the stain has disappeared.

Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with cold water to remove any soap residue.

Pro Tip: Apart from using a gentle detergent in the above method, you can use an enzyme cleaner specifically designed for silk. Make sure to work the cleaner into the stain using a soft brush, then rinse thoroughly.

Vinegar or Lemon Juice

Silk fabrics shouldn’t be soaked or left wet for extended periods of time, but if you have a stubborn stain that won’t budge, soaking might be your only option.

Therefore, soak only the affected portion of the silk garment in a mixture of warm water and ¼ part distilled vinegar for 15 minutes before washing it.

Likewise, you can do the same using fresh lemon juice.

Another way is to directly dab vinegar or lemon juice with a soft cloth over the stained area of the silk garment (dilute the solution with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar or lemon juice before the application).

Once you have applied the cleaning solution (vinegar or lemon juice), let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse the area with cold water.

Note: Always be sure to test it on an inconspicuous area of the garment first to ensure that it won’t damage the fabric.

Silk Stain Remover Wipes

Using a silk stain remover is another great way to get rid of stubborn stains from your delicate silk fabric.

Just blot the stains with a clean cloth before using the stain remover wipes.

Once you’ve used a paper towel or plain cloth to remove the excess stain, start by gently blotting the stain in a light, circular motion with the stain remover wipes to lighten or get rid of the stain.

While treating the stain with silk stain remover wipes, it’s best to avoid rubbing the stain. This is because it can cause it to spread or become embedded more deeply in the fabric.

A word of caution

  • Not all silk fabrics are the same, therefore, it’s important that you read the care label thoroughly.
  • Strictly avoid the washing process if the fabric is labeled as “dry clean only” as washing a “dry clean only” fabric may result in permanent damage.
  • Always test the stain-removing solution in a hidden part of your garment before using it on the entire piece.
  • As a best practice, use cold or lukewarm water to wash silk fabric. Using hot water may damage your delicate silk fabric in the long run.

Final Thoughts

It is best to prevent silk garments from getting stained, however, if that happens, make sure to act quickly.

Acting quickly is the key, as the longer the stains sit on your fabric, the harder they will be to remove and the more likely it is to leave a permanent mark.

Also, while treating food stains on delicate and expensive clothes, do not attempt to use any standard or commercial stain-removing solution on silk garments. There is a high chance that your favorite garment may get ruined in no time.

If in doubt, it’s best to seek professional help to eliminate the stains safely.

Lastly, don’t use harsh chemicals or bleaching solutions on silk clothes to get rid of stains or for any other reason.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)