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Removing Stains from Satin

By Dr. Laundry August 13, 2009

Q. I have a white satin blouse that ended up in my load of white & beige wash load. I had added bleach, and when I took the clothes out of the washer my white satin blouse had rusty-looking or scorched stains all over it. I think the bleach removed some of the color from the beige clothes and it was absorbed by the satin blouse. Is there anything I can do to remove the stains?

A. You didn’t indicate what the fiber type was, as satin can be silk, acetate, nylon or polyester. Washing any satin can be a real roll-of-the-dice. One consistent warning is to avoid any bleach. My guess is the reaction probably is not reversible. I would take the item to a local dry cleaner to see if anything can be done professionally to remove the new stains.