How to Get Watermarks and Stains Out of Satin

Spot treating on satin fabrics often causes water stains. When caring for satin at home, you must treat the entire piece fabric to prevent water stains, even when only one portion of the fabric has a stain. Satin is an extremely delicate fabric, and it's best to professionally dry clean satin made of silk or acetate when possible. Nylon is a more durable satin, so you can machine wash it. When cleaning most other types of satin at home, treat it with kid gloves to prevent damaging the fibers in the fabric.

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Remove stains from satin fabrics.

Step 1

Dab or spray the stain on the satin fabric with club soda or a stain remover that doesn't contain bleach as soon as possible. If the stain is blood, soak the fabric in cold water before applying the stain remover.

Step 2

Wipe the stain with a clean cloth to remove it.

Step 3

Fill a clean sink with cold water and one cap full of Woolite or other mild detergent that doesn't contain bleach.

Step 4

Soak the entire piece of fabric in the water for five minutes.

Step 5

Turn the garment inside out, then agitate the fabric with your hands while it is soaking.

Step 6

Pull the satin out of the sink to see if stain is gone. If not, scrub it gently with a soft-bristled brush and gentle dish soap. Rinse with cool water.

Step 7

Lay the satin fabric on the thick towel. Roll the towel to squeeze water from the fabric.

Step 8

Hang the satin fabric to dry. Make sure there are no heat sources near the fabric while it is drying or after it has dried. Heat breaks down satin fibers.