Taffeta dresses are common attire for formal occasions such as weddings and proms. They are typically large and elegant, making them ideal for marking a special day while leaving them open to dragging on the ground or brushing up against a car door. Grease stains tend to absorb quickly into taffeta, but can be removed with some care and natural household supplies.
Items you will need
- Cotton cloth
- Aloe vera
- Dishwasher detergent liquid
Use a dry cotton cloth to absorb excess grease. Gently dab the affected area until all surface grease has been removed.
Cover the stain in a layer of cornstarch. Cornstarch is effective at cutting grease while working gently on delicate fabrics. It will not discolor the taffeta in the process.
Allow the cornstarch to work into the stain overnight. Leave the dress to sit for at least 8 hours.
Remove the cornstarch. Gently brush the powder off of the stain without rubbing at the area.
Wash the dress as directed on the tag or by the manufacturer.
Repeat all steps if the stain remains visible after washing and drying.
Cover the grease spot with aloe vera gel. Soak it completely in one to two layers of gel.
Rub the aloe into the stain using a wash cloth.
Allow the aloe vera to sink in to the stain for one hour.
Wash the garment as usual, with the aloe vera intact.
Coat the stain in dishwashing detergent liquid. Use a detergent aimed at dissolving grease and oily foods.
Allow the detergent to soak for 2-5 minutes.
Launder the taffeta as usual. Repeat if the stain has been lightened but is still visible.
- When washing the dress, use a gentle color safe detergent to help preserve the original dye.
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