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    How to remove chain grease from Jacket? HELP!!

    While I was putting the chain back on the ring the high visibility jacket got stained with grease. Before washing it I applied GOOP to the area and spent a few minutes before starting the washing cycle. I was convinced that was enough to remove the stain, but I was wrong. My jacket has a nice grease ring design that I cannot remove.

    Is there any other DIY trick to remove it? Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance...

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    Personally, I wear my grease stains as badges of honor. But if I wanted to take one off, I'd put something like Shout or Spray 'n' Wash on it and let it sit overnight before I washed it. Or you could make a slurry of detergent and water and do the same thing.
    I've also removed black grease from jeans by spraying it with WD40, which dissolves the grease but washes out fairly readily. No guarantees what that will do to more delicate fabric, though.
    Use the hottest water the fabric will stand for the wash, and DO NOT put the jacket in the dryer as long as the stain's there. That's likely to set it permanently.

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    Yeah, I did not place it in the dryer as I was not sure if it will make matters worst.

    I will give it a shot to remove it, the jacket is fairly new so its super bright and has that black ring stain that its just arrgghhhh... anyway, thanks.

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    Try the dry cleaner. Although once it's been washed in that may not work. Next time, take to the dry cleaner before trying to wash. Worked wonders for khaki pants.
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    Not that I really know what I'm talking about...

    I am under the impression that "bike grease stains" typically are hard to remove not on account of the grease, but because of the particles embedded in the grease, which flow into the fabric and stick there. Even if all of the grease is removed by solvents or detergents, the particles remain and the cloth remains stained. Once you've washed it once, you're screwed.

    That said, this is about the best grease remover money can buy: http://www.amazon.com/Clorox-Lestoil.../dp/B0002ZWAE2

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    Not sure whether this will work as effectively after the stain has been washed, but ....

    Apply dry spotter (see below) and cover with absorbent pad soaked in dry spotter. Remove pad. Flush with drycleaning solvent (available at drug store; Wal Mart). Repeat until pad comes away clean and allow to dry.

    Sponge with water.

    Apply wet spotter (see below) & a few drops of ammonia and cover with pad soaked in wet spotter. Remove pad. Repeat until pad comes up clean.

    Flush with water then wash normally in machine.


    Dry Spotter - Mix 1 part Coconut Oil with 8 parts drycleaning solvent
    Wet Spotter - Mix 1 part Glycerine (available in drug stores), 1 part Liquid Dishwashing Detergent, 8 parts water...Shake well before use

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    I've used the citrus based solvents with good luck. Even if it doesn't work, it'll smell nice. Like the others, I'm not sure about its working after having been washed. Anyhow, if it's not waterproof nor insulated, work the solvent in from the back side, and let it set for a while. Repeat the treatment if needed, without rinsing between steps.
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    I got grease stains out of a cycling vest by rubbing some automotive hand cleaner on it. It is abrasive, so not great for delicates.

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    When the chain came off the ring, was it because of a shifting error?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
    Personally, I wear my grease stains as badges of honor. But if I wanted to take one off, I'd put something like Shout or Spray 'n' Wash on it and let it sit overnight before I washed it. Or you could make a slurry of detergent and water and do the same thing.
    I've also removed black grease from jeans by spraying it with WD40, which dissolves the grease but washes out fairly readily. No guarantees what that will do to more delicate fabric, though.
    Use the hottest water the fabric will stand for the wash, and DO NOT put the jacket in the dryer as long as the stain's there. That's likely to set it permanently.
    +1 Works very well.
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    The new two part Vanish stain treatment works very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serpico7 View Post
    I got grease stains out of a cycling vest by rubbing some automotive hand cleaner on it. It is abrasive, so not great for delicates.
    +1
    Smear in the hand-cleanser and wash out with warm soapy water.

    You will probably strip off the water repellant finish so reproof with something like Nikwax TX10.

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    Lighter fluid, which is naptha, which I believe is what the dry cleaner uses.
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    Regular dish detergent works good on greasy hands, may work on cloth fibers as well???

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    When applying one of the above suggestions, try scrubbing the stain with an old toothbrush.

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    What ever you do, don't put it in the dryer.
    That will set the stain.
    Simple Green is an excellent degreaser. I would wet the jacket material with water, wring and then spray on the Simple Green and scrub with a soft tooth brush. This way you don't try it full strength, which my fade the color.

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    Well, after letting it dry completely I decided to remove the stain by following one of the suggestions above which was by using WD-40 directly to the stained area. It took about five minutes for the stain to come out completely, insane, it worked like magic and a little bit of hot water helped to finally get rid of it.

    After that used some GOOP to get rid of the oily smell and a quick clean overall. The results are amazing, like new as if nothing ever happened.

    Thanks very much.

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    A really fast solution next time is to use the orange hand cleaner from candaian tire. Works that **** out in about 5 seconds.
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