How to Remove Scorch From Polyester and Rayon Fabric

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It's easy to remove burn marks like these.
It's easy to remove burn marks like these.

Scorch marks on fabrics often appear after leaving a hot iron unattended or scorched iron plates that cause a stain on the fabric. Other causes of scorch marks could be a cigarette burn or too much lint in your dryer. Garments with scorch marks are usually disposed of, because the mark leaves a discoloration. Items made from polyester and rayon fabrics are especially prone to scorch marks, since they easily melt and burn at high temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Brush
  • Eye dropper
  • Lukewarm water
  • Ammonia
  • All-bleach fabric
  • Clean pieces of white cloth
  • White vinegar

Scorch Marks on Washable Polyester and Rayon Fabric

Step 1

Brush off the surface of the stain to remove burnt fibers.

Step 2

Place the stained area face down on a clean piece of cloth.

Step 3

Place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on and around the stained area.

Step 4

Add two drops of ammonia after placing hydrogen peroxide.

Step 5

Leave the fabric to soak several minutes up to an hour. Place drops of peroxide and ammonia every now and then to keep the moisture.

Step 6

Rinse with lukewarm water. Do not use hot water, as it will make the stain set deeper into the fabric.

Step 7

Wash the fabric. Wash again with an all-bleach fabric or oxygen bleach if the stain still appears.

Removing Scorch Marks on Non-washable Polyester and Rayon Fabric

Step 1

White vinegar is one of the best tools for removing stains on non-washable garments.
White vinegar is one of the best tools for removing stains on non-washable garments.

Take a piece of clean cloth and moisten with white vinegar.

Step 2

Rub the stained area lightly. Always start rubbing from the outside the stain going inward to avoid spreading more stain on the fabric.

Step 3

Wipe the fabric slowly with a clean piece of cloth damp with water. Repeat steps until scorch mark is completely removed.

Tip

  • Treat scorch marks immediately after you notice them. The longer they stay on the fabric, the harder they are to remove.

    If you are having a hard time removing scorch marks on non-washable fabrics, take them to the dry cleaners immediately and explain the nature of the stain.

    Removing scorch marks could take up a lot of your time. Patience is the key to successfully bring your garment back to its original state.

Warning

  • Machine drying fabrics made of polyester or rayon is not advisable. You can hang them instead.

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