How to Get Lotion Off of Satin

by Mimi Abney

Lotion stains on your expensive satin home furnishings, comfortable satin bedding or sophisticated satin clothing require a safe method to remove the creamy grooming product without damaging the fabric. If your bed sheets or satin nightgowns have synthetic fibers, you do not need to take this luxurious and sumptuous material to the dry cleaners. With a step-by-step cleaning system, you can restore the beauty of your favorite satin fabrics gently, easily and at home.

Items you will need

  • Metal spoon and spatula
  • Liquid pre-treating product
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • Hangers
  • White towel
  • White cloths
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Water-based upholstery cleaner

Satin Clothing

Step 1

Lay the article of clothing on a flat surface. Remove the lotion from the satin fabric with a metal tablespoon. Scrape the spoon against the fibers to remove any lotion residue.

Step 2

Pour a pre-treating stain remover over the stain. Cover the entire stain with the solution. If you do not have a pre-treater, soak the fabric with a heavy-duty liquid detergent.

Step 3

Wash your wardrobe item using warm water and a permanent press washing cycle. To prevent shrinkage, do not tumble the item in the dryer. Hang it to dry in a well-ventilated and cool area or lay it flat on a white towel instead.

Satin Upholstery and Home Furnishings

Step 1

Check the fabric label for care and cleaning suggestions. If the fabric label says "W,” use water-based cleansers; “S” on the label calls for waterless or dry-cleaning solvents; a “WS” label indicates using water- or solvent-based cleaners; and if you see an “X” on the label, use a professional dry cleaning treatment.

Step 2

Scrape the lotion off the fabric using a dull knife or a metal spatula. Cover the lotion stain with cornstarch or baking soda. Let the absorbent particles remain on the satin for a minimum of 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the powdery substances with a vacuum cleaner featuring a hose attachment.

Step 3

Dab the stained satin with the appropriate solution for the fabric type. Sponge the stain using a dime-size amount of dry-cleaning solvent and a white cloth for “S” or “WS” fabric labels. Use a dime-size amount of water-based upholstery cleaner and a white cloth to clean “W” labeled satin fabrics.

Step 4

Blot and press the stain with the white cloth until you remove the lotion residue from the fabric completely. Let the item dry in a cool, well-ventilated area for 24 hours.

Tips

  • If your satin clothing has 100 percent silk fibers or has a taffeta fabric label, take it to the dry cleaner for a professional cleaning.

Warnings

  • To prevent the colored fabric from staining or bleeding, test your satin item for colorfastness -- in an inconspicuous area -- before using a cleaning solvent or a liquid pre-treater.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in NewsOK.com and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.