We all know horrible stains of chocolate, juice, soda, ink, or even blood and how hard it is to get rid of them. But what should you do if you face something simpler like water stains? I didn’t pay attention so far until I managed somehow to stain my silk clothing. And that was quite an unseemly mark on the fabric. Thus, if you also happened to have water stains on your silk shirt or your tablecloth, in this article you will find 5 DIY hacks you can use to get rid of them.
The general rule you should know, when it comes to silk, is that you should never wipe or rub away the stain. I know it might be your first instinct but hold it together and keep reading. There are much safer ways to deal with it.
1. Try to wet it again
That’s right, I know it sounds crazy! However, this is the first step because it will also help you seize the situation for further treatments. Thus, damp the water spot and then try rubbing it softly with a wet and clean cloth. After doing so, allow it to dry naturally and check the water stain. It should be gone but if it’s not, then check the other methods.
2. Use a mild detergent and tepid water
Thus, damp a microfiber cloth with tepid water and then rub it in a little mild detergent. Make sure you find the mildest one possible. Then, use this to dab on the water spot of your silk clothing. Make sure you dab the stain gently so you won’t make things worse. Then, rinse the water stain and leave your clothing to air-dry.
3. You could try steaming
Hence, after you boiled some water in your kettle, place the silk item with the water stains over the kettle’s spout. Hold for a few minutes to allow the steam to blow over the stain. You will notice soon enough that your item is getting damp. The spot should disappear as you see the silk clothing drying. Make sure to don’t hurt yourself while doing this with the steam.
For this method, you will need to put the silk fabric on the ironing board. On the water stain, place a moist microfiber cloth and then start ironing the cloth. Without pressing too hard, keep ironing for some time. Also, keep in mind to not use a heavily dyed cloth so you won’t damage the silk fabric even more. You could even try to do this with a clean pillowcase or a handkerchief.
5. Fight silk stains with silk
Yes, another crazy method. For this method to work you will need a white piece of silk that is clean and dry. You will have to use this by rubbing it on the water stain. However, make sure you don’t rub it in a zigzag motion or diagonally. Instead, try rubbing it gently up and down or from side to side, keeping a uniform motion. Suffice to say, you should not use a colored piece of silk as it might run off one piece into the other. Moreover, if you happen to don’t have a silk piece, you could use cotton or muslin instead, it will also get the job done.