How to Remove Perspiration Stains From Silk

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Things You'll Need

  • Water

  • White vinegar

  • White cloths

  • Cream of tartar

  • Aspirin

Remove perspiration stains from silk garments with diluted vinegar.

Silk is a soft, delicate material used in flowing gowns, blouses, ties and shirts. Unfortunately, perspiration stains happen to the best of us and are easily transferred to our clothing. Sweat stains on silk may seem difficult to remove, but with the proper cleaning solutions, you can rid your silk garment of pesky perspiration stains.


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Step 1

Mix one part water and one part white vinegar in a bowl. Dab a white cloth into the vinegar solution and blot onto the perspiration stain on the silk fabric.

Step 2

Blot the stain gently with the white cloth and do not rub the fragile material. Continue blotting and adding more vinegar wash as needed to lift the stain from the fabric.

Step 3

Make a paste with 1 tbsp. cream of tartar and two or three crushed aspirins along with 1 or 2 tbsp. of warm water. Apply the mixture to the stain if it does not come out with the vinegar solution and allow to remain on the fabric for 20 minutes.


Step 4

Rinse the silk fabric to remove the vinegar or tartar solution. Wet a white cloth with warm water and blot onto the fabric to remove the cleaners from the material.

Step 5

Do not use undiluted vinegar on silk--always add water. You may want to test a hidden area on the garment first to make sure the vinegar solution does not discolor the fabric.



Constance Barker

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.