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Removing a grease spot

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Despos, Oct 4, 2012.

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  1. Despos

    Despos Well-Known Member

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    This happened when having a juicy burger from Off Site Kitchen yesterday.
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    This is what I used
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    Apply baby powder on the stain
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    Had to apply powder 3 times. First application, let it sit for about 4 hours and brushed the powder away. Turned the trouser leg inside out and applied powder on the stain since the grease had penetrated the cloth. Let it sit for about 4 hours. Brushed powder off and applied on the face side of the cloth again. Let it sit over night.

    This is how it looks this morning.
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    Not sure if there is minimum amounts of time for the powder to work but leave it on at least a couple hours. I have two cloth brushes, soft bristle and a firmer bristle brush, depends on the cloth you are working with. Since this is a dry application you usually don't get a ring or spotting from the cleaning. This works perfectly on silk ties or jacket lapels, etc. Can save you a dry-cleaning and frustration.

    Couple of things to remember.

    DO NOT rub the spot when it first happens. blot with a cloth

    DO NOT apply water

    WAIT, let the powder have time to absorb the stain
     
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  2. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    peculiar looking grease stain
     
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  3. Despos

    Despos Well-Known Member

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    I just make them, I can't explain them
     
  4. Wes Bourne

    Wes Bourne Well-Known Member

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    Great cleaning tip, will have to remember this one.
     
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    despos, this is fantastic. great info. baby powder, im good, but where can i get these brushes from?
     
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    Great advice! I had to do something similar to upholstery that had a rather large spot of grease from Chinese food. I believe I used cornstarch and reapplied it two or three times and it almost completely removed it.
     
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    does this work for snail trails and splooge?
     
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    ask ms. lewinsky.
     
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    This is one great method for cleaning oil stain...
     
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    I was taught to use the shavings from tailor's chalk. Baby powder is better.
     
  11. Joker Man

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    Use old fashioned ink blotting paper on both sides until most is absorbed then plain talcum powder.
     
  12. Despos

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    Have to specify, this is using the clay chalk NOT the wax chalk. Have used the shavings of clay chalk on burns on cloth. If you scorch the cloth with an iron. Clay chalk and Hydrogen Peroxide.

    Pretty much the same as described.

    There is an english company, Goddard's that makes a powder. Have heard it works well. They make other specialty cleaning products.

    http://www.goddards.com
     
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  13. FugueMeister

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    this is wonderful! thanks so much, Despos!
     
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    Sorry to revive an old thread but this was a god send. Big thanks to @Despos for posting this. I spilled olive oil all over the pants of a new (had gotten it back from the tailor the day before–first time it had ever been worn) Brioni suit and immediately panicked. Somehow I found this thread and had the stain out by the next morning.
     
  16. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    I have used Clabber Girl Corn Starch in this manner with reasonably satisfactory results, but it generally took more than three applications. The baby powder seems more effective, so I'll have to give it a try when this comes up again.
     

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