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Silk Stain Removal

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Hi All My first post... I found some very nice Zanella silk pants at Goodwill. The only problem is they have a dark dime sized stain on them that looks like motor oil or ink. The material is very thin and a black and white micro houndstooth pattern. Would it be worth the effort to buy these and try to remove the stain? Or is it likely a lost cause? I've never really tried to remove any stains from silk. The stain is just above the knee and I am party tempted to have them made into shorts. Although that may not look right. thanks much mike
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Scissors are the most effective way but there is some hope here..... There is a critter called a 'janie stick' which I think is just talc - you can get one at any sewing store. Whatchya do is to rub the stick over the stain, wait overnight and brush the powder off. The powder absorbs the stain. After a couple attempts most of it will be out and a VERY GOOD drycleaner can take out the rest. Good luck
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A long belated thanks for the suggestions and now a followup. First, I looked all over town for the Janie Stick and after several weeks finally found it at the Container Store.  It seems to work very well on many things, but didn't make any significant difference after a few applications on my Zanella silk pants.   The people at the Container Store also recommended a stain remover pen from Evercare.  Even though the Evercare pen is not recommended for silk, I figured I could apply the liquid from the pen, rub/blot the stain a little and then apply the Janie Stick to soak up the fluid and the stain.  I did this several times and lightened the stain considerably, but it is still very noticeable.  Once I got to the point where the fabric was starting to fade a little I figured it was time to stop and turn it over to a dry cleaner. Unfortunately, if there is a very good dry cleaner here in Austin, Texas, I don't know about it.  I took the pants to Tip Top cleaners, which are the most expensive I know of and their ads have indicated they are experts in stain removal.  They charged $6.75, but didn't make any difference in the stain that I could tell.  They pressed them very nicely though.  There was a note on the pants saying they tried very hard, but could not remove the stain.  If I sign a release they will try again for free.   I am not sure if it is worth taking them back or not.  Given the stubborness of the stain, I suspect it might be from a Sharpie marker. mike
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