Cleaning Polyester Clothing

February 2, 2018

How do I remove a dryer scratch off of black polyester material? It's a little white mark that runs across the black material, but the white and red is completely fine!


It's my hockey sweater jersey and it's driving me bananas.


February 2, 20180 found this helpful
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Can you use a permanent Sharpie to cover it?

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February 5, 20180 found this helpful
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This may not be a scratch but may be a thread that did not dye properly.

  • I agree with Judy about trying to use a black permanent marker (Sharpie) as this may work on polyester.
  • Try a Sharpie that has a medium size tip that is about the size of the line.
  • Lay the garment on something that will keep it from slipping and try to color a few inches to see how it does. If all goes well finish the line and then turn garment inside out and color on the underside also.
  • After you finish both sides work the jersey around a little to see if you missed any spots.
  • Launder your shirt as usual and look for more missed spots.
  • Sometimes this will take more than one time to really set the color.
  • You might want to soak your jersey in a pan of water with a cup of regular salt added as this will help to set the color.
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September 9, 2018

I bought a polyester dress and the back of the dress has a yellowish stain. Just like a circle where the fabric is discolored.

I have no idea what stain it is. I am wondering what is the best way to try to get it out.



September 10, 20180 found this helpful

Removing Stain

Step 1
Fill 5-gallon pail with hot water

Step 2
Add 2 T each powdered dishwasher detergent and hydrogen peroxide

Step 3
Soak overnight

Step 4
Wash as usual in the morning

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September 11, 20180 found this helpful

Try using zout and oxiclean powder together. Follow the directions on the packages exactly. Let it sit for an hour and then wash out in cool water. Let it dry out side in the sun.. you may need to repeat this several timesI have not tried it on polyester, but it works miracles on linen and cotton even for old stains. The sun drying helps. Do not put it in the dryer in this process.

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I love shopping at Goodwill for clothes, but a couple of weeks ago, I was in a hurry and grabbed up a pair of polyester/spandex blend (I think, label gone) khaki colored slacks. I just liked the style of them, needed casual dress pants, just my size, long length.

Well apparently whoever owned the slacks last was short because they were safety pinned in instead of hemming. When I unpinned them, to get the extra length, there was a BLACK line around bottom of each leg! I guess it's from the pants still being too long, therefore dragging on ground, pavement, who knows?

I've tried amonia, washed and dried. I've tried dish detergent, washed and dried. I've also tried vinegar to no avail. Stain has gotten lighter in color, but still there! Please tell me find an inexpensive solution to removing this ring! Thx!



May 11, 20050 found this helpful

If you know someone that makes homemade soap, buy a bar. It works wonders for removing stains. There is a Castile soap that is sold in stores but I'm not sure of the brand name.

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By Lucille Gifford (Guest Post)
May 11, 20050 found this helpful

If it seems practically impossible to remove the line, you might consider sewing some kind of decorative strip over the line, such as lace (if dressy) or bias tape or some other type of trim.

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May 14, 20050 found this helpful

I had always heard that if you use lemon juice on the stain it would lift. Since you have done so much to the pants already, what would a little lemon juice matter? Give it a try

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August 26, 2012

I have a stain on the white top to my cheerleading shirt. It is a polyester outfit. The bottom is red, white, and blue. I don't want to use bleach. I tried peroxide and water with no success. It's like dirt or grime?

By annie from Warwick,RI


August 26, 20120 found this helpful

Take a cotton swab and dip it in bleach, then swab the stain. Have the garment laying flat and stand there and watch the stain. If the stain doesn't completely disappear do it again. This should work, then rinse just the top part of the shirt, not the whole thing because that could make the bleach run into the colored part. Hope this will work.

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September 3, 20120 found this helpful

You didn't say what the stain was but I use lemon juice concentrate and salt lay it out flat in the sun to dry. Depending on how bad the stain is you may have to do it more than once. I have used this many times for tough stains everybody says won't come out.
I lay my piece on a towel in the sun and pour the full strength lemon juice on it then table salt it real good and let dry. Re wash after or the spot will be stiff when you wear it.

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December 14, 2011

I just bought a new red polyester scarf; it states to spot clean with mild soap. Can I hand wash it in a basin with Boraxo or what? Anyone have one? It is very lightweight and delicate. Thank you for all responses.

By Flower


December 14, 20110 found this helpful

Everybody that I know uses Woolite to hand wash delicates, but what would be wrong with spot cleaning it? Polyester is washable.

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December 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would simply soak it in warm water with mild dish soap, then gently swish around by hand, then shake (not wring) the water out and hang to dry. Polyester isn't delicate except if too hot of an iron is used on it. ;-)

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March 16, 2016

This past weekend at my daughter's cheer competition they were instructed to sit on the floor next to the bleachers. And one by one they all had a dark brown, grayish grease on their uniforms. So having to compete the following day and staying in a hotel this is what I tried so far. First was treatment with Tide to Go at the competition, didn't work.

Then at the hotel I tried Dawn which didn't work. Someone suggested shampoo yet again, that didn't work. I even rubbed it with an alcohol swab as a Hail Mary! Also the uniform was been washed in cold water and line dried between each treatment. Please help!

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April 4, 2011

I sprayed a shirt with Static Guard too closely, and now there is a halo stain I can't remove. Any suggestions? I've tried Oxiclean and lots of other removers, with no success so far. It's a polyester sheer fabric.

By Peggy from Quincy, IL


April 5, 20110 found this helpful

Try Dawn dish soap with bleach alternative or Oxy, full strength, too cover & go slightly beyond the perimeter of the stain. Let sit a day then wash again. May take a second application, but I find a simple bottle of Dawn has been getting out multiple stains even when they've been dried in!

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December 11, 2010

I have stained some Karen Millen (label states: 66% triacetate and 34% polyester) trousers with creme brulee which hasn't come out with dry cleaning. Any suggestions on how to get this stain out please?

By jenny b from Oxfordshire, UK


December 13, 20100 found this helpful

Sorry to say but since Creme Brulee consists of vanilla, which is a tough stain to remove and you've already had the garment professionally dried cleaned, it most likely is not possible to have it removed completely (maybe possible if you are willing to have a non-dry clean solution) so at least take the garment back to the dry cleaners first but let them know that you did not originally tell them what the stain was for them to be able to pretreat (which most likely would have removed the stain) and ask if there is maybe a way to remove it after the stain is already set.

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January 27, 2005

Please help me i have just bought a 100 percent polyester jersey and gone to woodwork class and someone splattered a bit of varnish on me. The jersey is white and dark blue. - Ben


By Tammi (Guest Post)
January 27, 20050 found this helpful

Try linseed oil on a q-tip. You then have treat for 'grease" but you can use normal detergent etc.

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September 8, 2004

Does anyone have any ideas of how to remove white epoxy glue from navy blue polyester uniform pants? My husband wears a uniform to work and had to load a piece of equipment on his truck, saw the white stuff, and didn't realize it was epoxy glue he would be sitting down in. Now, he has 1 less pair of pants to wear to work and I am hoping someone has a solution to deal w/this. Please and thank-you.

Trish from Oregon


September 9, 20040 found this helpful

the link below might help you...

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September 29, 2014

I have a cream Karen Millen dress which appears to have a red coloured stain on it. The dry cleaners have tried, but it won't lift. Any ideas?

By Jo. S

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August 22, 2011

How can I remove a rum and blackcurrant stain on a polyester suit jacket?

By Ian R.

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March 13, 2018

Use non-chlorine bleach and avoid fabric softener to help keep polyester shirts bright and white. This is a page about cleaning white polyester work shirts.

100% Polyester clothing label

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