How to Remove Stains From Polyester Clothes

Some stains seem impossible to get out at first.
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Polyester is a synthetic fiber used for clothing due to its durable qualities that make it a long-lasting investment. Polyester apparel is strong, colorfast and resistant to wrinkles and most stains. Water-based liquids such as grape juice and blood don't usually damage polyester. However, oil-based stains such as lipstick and motor oil tend to last. The sooner you are able to remove a stain from polyester, the better the results will appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Stain remover
  • Pre-wash soil remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Chlorine bleach (optional)

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Scrub the stain immediately, or as soon as possible using a stain remover and warm water.

Treat the stain with a pre-wash soil remover before the wash.

Turn the garment inside out.

Put the garment in the washing machine with an all-purpose detergent on the warm water setting.

Add chlorine bleach if necessary, unless the washing instructions on the tag discourage it.

Repeat steps 2 through 5 if the stain persists.

Dry the garment at a low temperature on the tumble-dry setting to reduce shrinking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't use excessive heat on polyester because it tends to shrink over time.


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