Oil stains should be pretreated using a solvent-based stain removal product, like Shout or Zout. If you don't have a solvent-based pretreater, apply heavy-duty liquid detergent like Tide or Wisk to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing. Patience is key. Allow the pretreater to work for at least ten minutes to loosen stains before washing.
After pretreatment, wash the garment as usual in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric using the recommended amount of detergent for a regular load. Inspect the garment before drying and repeat treatment if necessary. Do not put an oily stained garment into the dryer. The high heat will set the stain deeper and make it very difficult to remove.
If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
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