How to Get Stains out of Polyester

We're happy to help you solve some of the issues with getting stains out of your clothing. At TwirlyGirl, we do our best to make our clothing super easy to care for, just throw them in the washing machine in warm or cold and either line dry or tumble dry. 

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Just a Stain…It’s No Pain!

“Mommy I spotted my dress!” “Ooh…I spilled it on myself” Every parent has heard this lament numerous times (too many to count). However, it is possible for us to become adept as cleaners who save the day (as well as the clothing). As you already know, fabrics that are unique and vibrant require different substances and methods to remove stubborn stains. Interestingly, many can be treated and eliminated with standard household cleaning agents, food items and even supplies from our medicine cabinet. Here are TwirlyGirl Tips for keeping polyester clothes as vivid and colorful as when they were new!

Pen in hand…Ink on her Clothes

She is creative and expressive; loves to write and draw. Unsurprisingly and inevitably an ink spot appears. No worries… below are two steps and three techniques for removing ink from polyester:


  1. Place a white cloth under the spot
  2. Test the stain lifter on a place that is out of sight working from the outside towards the middle

1. First Aid…Alcohol

  • 90% isopropyl is preferable; 70% should do the job
  • dab the stain, using a clean white cloth
  • rinse the entire garment in cold water
  • launder and air dry

2. Not Just for Salads…Vinegar

  • place stained area on a clean white cloth
  • combine 1 tbsp. dishwashing liquid, I cup vinegar & I cup water in a dish
  • soap white cloth & apply to stain
  • wait approximately 20 minutes to allow solution to penetrate
  • rub fabric together
  • rinse (under a faucet) in cold water
  • launder and air dry

3. Not Just for Cookies…Baking Soda

  • mix 1 part baking soda & 2 parts cold water
  • rub into the marked area
  • rinse in cold water apply pre-treatment stain removal to the spot
  • launder and air dry

A Trace of Blood...

The blood that predictably accompanies scraped fingers, elbows and knees. After the tearful drama subsides, stain removal is the next order of business. Follow these steps to make the blood stains disappear:

  • mix 1 quart warm water, ½ tsp. dishwashing or laundry detergent with 1 tbsp. ammonia
  • brush using feathery strokes
  • rinse
  • launder

Color Me Stained…Removing Crayon from Polyester

She was wearing her brand-new TwirlyGirl ensemble and lost in concentration as she patiently created her latest work of art. Then the news: “Mom I got crayon on my dress!” I quickly reacted and set into motion the stain removal process without the blink of an eye!

  • scrape gently to remove surplus matter
  • place spot between two pieces of white blotting paper and iron using warm setting
  • if dye remains mix 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water
  • lightly pat with dampened cloth
  • rinse & air dry

I spilled the Baby Oil and Guess What Happened?

Older sister playing with baby after bath…Oil stains can be persistent; especially on materials such as polyester. Thankfully there are methods and processes to eliminate the spot and restore the item

  • moisten the area with warm water ( to break down the oils)
  • apply dishwashing liquid and rub with fingers or brush
  • launder immediately
  • air dry
  • if necessary, repeat process

A last word to the wise…Never Bleach Polyester, since it is a synthetic cloth bleaching can cause irreversible damage!

We hope this information is helpful. TwirlyGirl takes pride in offering high quality textiles in dazzling colors and unique designs; trendy yet timeless. We appreciate all the gentle care given to your Wearable Art!

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