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How to Remove Stains From Polyester Clothes


Learn how to care for polyester clothes and remove stains. Fibers in clothes each react differently when treated with stain removal products and during laundering. Always read hang tags and labels before attempting to remove a stain.


Polyester fibers are durable and tough but they attract oil stains. Oil stains are easily removed if treated immediately. However, heat from a dryer or iron will set oil stains and make them almost impossible to remove. Use a pretreater and wash with a heavy duty detergent in warm water.

All synthetic fibers are heat sensitive and high temperatures in the dryer or when ironing can cause them to melt, shrink or deform. Always select the correct water temperature when washing polyester.

Just using the hot-water setting on a washer can create seemingly permanent wrinkles in polyester during the spin cycle. Steam pressing can sometimes remove these wrinkles but the high heat required can also cause melting, shrinkage and create holes. Learn the correct temperature for ironing polyester.

Prevent wrinkling of polyester fiber clothing

  • Do not overload washer, clothes should move freely
  • Use cold or warm water for washing and rinsing
  • Dry clothing using the permanent press setting on your dryer. No high heat.
  • Remove clothing immediately at the end of the cycle and do not overdry.
  • Hang garments on hangers after drying to allow wrinkles to relax or fall out over a few hours.

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