How to Get Stains out of Dockers

by John Mack

It may seem like a stain on your pair of Dockers will ruin them, but with a few household items and meticulous cleaning, you can make them look as good as new. Eliminate almost any kind of stain whether it's a wine, soda, chili or ink stain.

Items you will need

  • Cloth wash rags (dry)
  • Cloth wash rags (wet)
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Club soda
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • Flat surface
  • Cleaning solvent
  • Spot remover
Step 1

Blot the stain with a dry cloth wash rag if the stain is still wet or damp. Use a sponge or paper towels as an alternative. Press the cloth firmly into the stain to help transfer the stain from your Dockers into the cloth.

Step 2

Blot the stain with a damp wash rag. Use water initially to loosen the stain from the fibers of the pants.

Step 3

Sprinkle coarse salt onto the stain.

Step 4

Sprinkle club soda over the stain.

Step 5

Place a wash cloth with an area larger than the area of the stain on a flat surface.

Step 6

Place the stained portion of the Dockers pants face down onto the wash cloth.

Step 7

Dampen a cloth with cleaning solvent or spot remover.

Step 8

Blot the stain firmly -- using the cloth dampened with cleaning solvent -- on the opposite side of the pants that the stain is on. Blot firmly for several minutes.

Step 9

Repeat this process until the stain is removed.

Tips

  • Most Dockers pants are made from cotton. It's easier to remove stains from cotton than from silk or polyester.

    When blotting the Dockers with the cloth dampened by the cleaning solvent, you may have to occasionally use a different part of the cloth to blot so that the stain has a clean part of the cloth to go to.

    Launder your Dockers pants immediately after removing the stain.

Warnings

  • Do not rub or smear the stain with either a wet or dry cloth as this can expand the size of the stain and damage the pants.

    Never iron your stained Dockers pants as heat will likely set the stain into the fabric.

Photo Credits

  • Ryan McVay/Valueline/Getty Images