Removing Shiny Iron Marks on Polyester Clothing?

April 18, 2016

How do I get iron marks off polyester trousers?



April 19, 20160 found this helpful
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Polyester is a form of plastic. You're getting the ironing marks because you have the iron too hot and it's burning/melting the material. In the future, turn the pants inside out and iron the wrong side OR get an ironing cloth that protects the clothing from burning. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way.

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January 31, 2013

I accidently used an iron that was too hot on my polester black pants while pressing the hem. Now I have an area that is shiney on that area of the pants. Is there any help for this or is the fabric simply melted? Any ideas would be appreciated.

By Diannia C. from Defuniak Springs, FL


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February 1, 20133 found this helpful

I read this somewhere that if you spray the area pretty heavily with white vinegar and then lay over that a damp cloth. Next barely set your iron down on the cloth until there is a little steam coming from the cloth. Iron should be set according to the fabric. Do this for just a few seconds. The shiny area will be gone. Hope this helps.



June 8, 20160 found this helpful

I have ironed black polyester trousers and have shiny marks on trouseres

April 29, 20170 found this helpful

Isn't boiling poly going to make it curl up and melt?

July 15, 20170 found this helpful

I wouldn't do it. If the boiling doesn't ruin them, the oil will stain them. Think grease or melted butter stains.

June 29, 20200 found this helpful

Unfortunately this did not work for me.

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September 26, 2018

I was wondering if anybody could give advice on how to remove shiny patches on polyester? I was steaming my daughter's school blazer and the iron has accidentally touched the fabric which now has a shiny patch.

Many thanks for any advice given.


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September 26, 20181 found this helpful

You could try putting vinegar on a pressing cloth and pressing on low heat.


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September 26, 20180 found this helpful

I found this site when this happened to a suit of mine...but sadly nothing worked and I had to get rid of the suit. Hopefully you will have better luck than I did. Polyester is a nasty fabric when things go wrong. Great to wash and wear though!



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September 28, 20180 found this helpful

This can be a tough thing to remove and generally everyone says to use vinegar but that does not always work (does it?).

I decided to look for some different methods so check out these two sites as they have a little different approach. Be sure to read very carefully the one "vinegar press" as it is entirely different.
Good luck..

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December 5, 2006

I have a pair of new black trousers and now I've ironed them, a silver line has appeared. How do you get rid of the silver line? I heard vinegar will do the trick - is that right?

Suzie from Seattle, WA


October 27, 20170 found this helpful

I to have a New Pair of Trousers I've Ironed and a silver lines ? Saw someone post Vinegar Helps ,is this TRUE.???

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September 4, 2013

Mark on shirt.I bought a polyester t-shirt and by mistake ironed it, now there is a shiny patch on it. Please suggest a way how to remove that patch.


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