Here’s How To Remove Stains From Silk Pillowcase In A Jiffy

You had a long, tiring and exhausting day at work. What feels better than going home, changing into your favourite PJs, and hitting your smooth, soft silk pillows, right? However, there is nothing worse than getting your makeup all over the silk pillowcases or spilling a cup of OJ on them.

Pillows in blue and pink silk

Don’t worry – staining your silk pillowcases will not ruin them forever. Cleaning silk isn’t hard at all. In this guide, we will tell you all you need to know about getting stubborn stains out of your glossy, flawless silk pillowcases

Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Removing Stains from Silk Pillowcases in a Jiffy – Step-by-Step Instructions

Silk is a sensuous, luxurious, and delicate fabric that can be quite expensive and needs extra care. Like every other fabric, silk fabric can become stained and soiled as well. When it comes to washing and drying silk pillowcases, it’s different from washing a duvet, for example. Here’s how you can remove spots & stains from silk yourself.

How to Remove Tea & Coffee Stains from Silk Pillowcases

Tea and coffee stains are quite stubborn and hard to remove whether you try to remove them from your carpet, wood or your suede heels

Cup of coffee and magazine on bed with soft silky bedclothes

Things You Will Need

  • Warm Water
  • Glycerin
  • Sponge
  • Bowl

DIY Steps

  • Take some warm water in a bowl.
  • Soak a sponge in the water.
  • Dab the stain with the sponge. Don’t rub it.
  • Pour a few drops of glycerin onto the stain. Let it sit for almost 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly with water.

How to Remove Sweat Stains from Silk Pillowcases

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Ammonia
  • Sponge
  • Bowl

DIY Steps

  1. Take a small bowl. Mix equal parts ammonia and water in the bowl.
  2. With the help of a sponge, apply the mixture to the stained area
  3. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash silk pillowcases with cold water.
  5. Repeat, if necessary. 

If the sweat stain is old, then you can follow the given steps.

  1. Take ½ cup water and mix 1 tbsp white vinegar in it.
  2. With the help of the sponge, apply the diluted vinegar onto the stain. Leave the stain for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash silk pillowcases with cold water.

We recommend removing the sweat stains as quickly as possible since sweat causes the pillowcases to become discoloured. 

How to Remove Alcohol Stains from Silk Pillowcases

Spilt some alcohol on your silk sheets? Don’t worry – you can easily get the stain out. Here’s how. 

Silk pillow cover, folded silk cushion case

Things You Will Need

  • Lukewarm Water
  • Glycerin
  • Ammonia
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Soft Cloth
  • Sponge

DIY Steps

If the alcohol stain is fresh, follow the given steps.

  1. Take a soft cloth or sponge and dip it in some warm water.
  2. Blot the alcohol stain until you get all the alcohol out. Wring out the excess water gently. 
  3. Let the pillowcase air dry

If the alcohol stains have dried, here’s how you can remove them.

  1. Take some lukewarm water and moisten the stain.
  2. Pour out some glycerin on the area and gently dab the stain with a soft cloth. The stain will start to come off. 
  3. Rinse the pillowcase with lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat, if necessary.

If the alcohol stain still persists, try the following.

  1. Mix one part of ammonia with one part of denatured alcohol in a bowl or cup.
  2. Apply this mixture to the stain with a sponge.
  3. Rinse the area with warm water

How to Remove Grease Stains From Silk Pillowcases

If you properly take care of your silk sheets, they will last for several years. Due to the fine nature of silk, it can be slightly difficult to get tough and stubborn stains such as grease out. However, we are here to help.

Things You Will Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered French Chalk
  • Blotting Paper
  • Towel
  • Soft Cloth
  • Iron

DIY Steps

  1. Place the silk pillowcase on a level and smooth surface.
  2. Sprinkle an ample amount of cornstarch on the grease stain. Let it sit for 20 minutes
  3. With the help of a soft cloth, gently brush the cornstarch away. 
  4. If the grease stain is still there, place a towel underneath the silk pillowcase.
  5. Cover the grease stain with powdered French chalk.
  6. Heat the iron on medium heat for 2 minutes. Heat some blotting paper with the help of the preheated iron.
  7. Place the heated paper on the stop and let it sit for a while. The French chalk will soak up all the grease and will stick to the blotting paper.

How to Remove Hair Spray Stains from Silk Pillowcases

Going for a night out with your friends? Hairspray will make sure your hair stays in place! However, when you come back and lie down on your silk sheets, some of that hairspray is bound to get on the silk pillowcases

White silk pillowcase on the bed with a sleep mask

Here’s how you can get hairspray out of the pillowcase. 

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Glycerin
  • Bowl
  • Soft Cloth

DIY Stains

    1. Take some water in a small bowl. Dip a soft, white cloth in hot water.
  • Pretreat the stain with a damp cloth.
  1. Apply some glycerin to the stain. The glycerin will get the hairspray out of the pillowcase.
  2. Rinse the pillowcase thoroughly with cool water. Wring it gently. 
  3. Air-dry the pillowcase. Don’t dry it under high temperatures.

Getting Stains out of Silk Pillowcases – Tips & Tricks

Are there stains on your flawless, glossy silk pillowcases? Is it feeling like a lost cause? Don’t lose hope yet, folks. Here are some stain removal tricks that you can try.

  1. Treat the stain as soon as you see it. An old, dried stain is much harder and difficult to remove. 
  2. Make sure that you treat the silk fabric gently. Before you try any of the methods for stain removal that we have listed above, test it out on a small inconspicuous area first. If there are no visible signs of damage, you can go ahead.  
  3. Leave the silk pillowcase to air dry, making sure that it is out of direct sunlight. Silk doesn’t do well in direct sunlight, so it is better to stay on the side of precaution rather than ruining the pillowcase by letting it sit out in the sun for too long. 
  4. You can either go with handwashing the silk sheets or putting them in your washing machine. Check the care label on the pillowcase first. Check whether it is machine washable or not.
  5. If you decide to go with a washing machine, then use the gentle cycle. Place the pillowcase in a mesh bag before you start washing on the delicate cycle. Keeping the silk clothing in a laundry bag will keep it safe from zippers, fasteners, etc. 

Some laundry detergents are not gentle. They are too harsh for silk, and the sheets will end up feeling rough and scratchy. Therefore, we recommend that you select a mild detergent. Don’t use chlorine bleach as it is harmful to silk garments.

Keep an eye on the water temperatures during the washing cycle as well while washing silk garments. You can use fabric softeners as long as the fabric softeners are safe for natural fibres.

  1. Some people will suggest using lemon juice to take the stains out of silk clothing and silk items. However, we don’t recommend that you wash silk pillowcases with lemon juice as it is acidic and will damage the silk items
  2. Don’t remove the creases by placing a hot iron directly on the pillowcases. 

With these handwashing tips and the methods mentioned above, you can easily deal with silk laundry emergencies at any time! You will not have to worry about greasy makeup residue, coffee or OJ stains ever again.

Who doesn’t like having a cup of joe in the bed, right? But what if you end up spilling coffee all over your delicate silk sheets and pillowcases? If you end up staining your silk bedding, it may feel like a lost cause. Hold your horses, folks! Don’t lose hope – we are here to help you! In this article, we have put together a list of comprehensive, yet easy to follow DIY instructions on how to remove a stain from silk pillowcases

pillows in silk pillowcases closeup

Cleaning silk isn’t difficult at all. Go through the step-by-step, detailed instructions in this guide, and you will have clean, fresh-smelling sheets in no time! 

Here’s to a good night’s sleep on your smooth, soft, and luxurious silk sheets!

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