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If you’re a cycling enthusiast, you know that it does not take a lot to get a grease stain on your hands or even garments.
In any case, simple bike processes such as chain adjustment or even simple routine maintenance can leave a dirty linen mark on your garment.
Bike grease, unlike other forms of dirt, creates striking spots and it is tough to get the grease stain.
Gladly, though getting the grease stains off your linen is challenging, it’s not entirely impossible.
And in the section below, we’ve compiled some pretty convenient and handy working tips that will get your greasy linen looking sparkly in no time.
- 1 What You Need to Know about Getting Grease out of your Clothes
- 2 Removing Bike Grease Stains
- 2.1 Method 1
- 2.2 Method 2
- 2.3 Method 3
- 2.4 Method 4
- 3 Preventive Measure
What You Need to Know about Getting Grease out of your Clothes
The efficacy of your grease removal process will largely depend on how fast you remove the stain.
Ideally, it's recommended that you start treating the grease stain as soon as it happens because the longer you leave it idling, the tougher it will get to remove it.
Secondly, you must always check on your garment’s label. Given that fabrics differ differently to the type of cleaning, you need to check the care label before you start on the process.
If you’re still unsure of what type of material or cleaning products to use, experiment with a hidden stained part to see how the garment will react.
Finally, remember that safety is of the essence, and so if you're sensitive or soft hands, or using any reactive products, use rubber gloves to cover your hands.
Removing Bike Grease Stains
As we had mentioned earlier, different fabrics require different cleaning methods, and so, we shall look at the different and most common cleaning methods.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural cleaner and an ideal alternative to chemical cleaners.
Baking soda is ideal for treating either fresh or dried grease stains on silk, wool, and other delicate fabrics. This is because baking soda is capable of drawing stains without damaging the delicate fibers.
Cover the stain with baking soda, and let it sit there for some time. Ideally, we recommend that you leave the soda on the stain overnight.
By morning, the soda will have absorbed the greases, and you’ll simply need to brush off the soda plus the grease.
Wash your clothing to remove any traces of the stain. While at it, ensure that you follow the guidelines required by the care label.
If you’re treating delicate fabrics, we recommend that you try hand washing using detergents.
Using Dishwasher Liquid
Your humble ever dishwashing liquid is an ideal option for treating fresh grease stains on synthetic fabrics and cotton.
Mix the dishwasher liquid and baking powder to create a thick paste. Using a toothbrush scrub, the dishwashing paste into the stained spot.
Leave the paste on the stain for approximately 5 minutes. After it has done its thing, place the pasted spot under running water to remove the absorbed grease. While at it, it's crucial to face the spot from the underside to allow water to run from inside out.
Hang your garment on the wireline and allow it to dry. If the stain is still present, repeat step 1 and step 2. Rinse and repeat until the stain completely disappears.
We had earlier mentioned that this method is suitable for the fresh grease, but what if you have dried grease? Can you still use dishwashing liquid?
Yes, you can.
However, you will first need to apply cornflour on the stain, leave it for a few minutes, and then commence with the above method.
Using Biological Laundry Detergent
A highly flexible and functional method, removing stains using biological laundry detergents is not recommended for delicate fabrics such as silk and wool because it's known to destroy the fabrics.
Instead, the laundry detergents are ideal for removing stains, both fresh and dry, on synthetic fibers.
Gently dab, you preferred detergent on the stained part. Then using a dossing ball, gently scrub the stained spot. Leave the detergent for 15 minutes.
Thoroughly rinse the stain with cold water. Like before, place the stain under running tap water and keep the stain upside down so that water runs from inside out.
Wash your garment as usual and let it dry. While washing, ensure you consider the washing guidelines on the care label.
Using Shampoo or Bar Soap
Considering the shampoo is designed to remove body oils, it can effectively work on the grease stains, as well.
Apply shampoo on the grease stain and leave it for 15 minutes.
An alternative method is dampening the stain in water and then rubbing a bar of soap over the stain.
Both of these methods have the same or less cleaning effect.
If the grease stain is a tad stubborn, you can use a toothbrush for scrubbing as opposed to using hands.
Dip the stained spot in a mixture of water and vinegar and gently scrub using a toothbrush.
Wash the garment while considering the care label guidelines and allow it to dry.
An incredible way of avoiding the grease cleaning hassle is keeping your bike chain clean.
A simple wipe of your chain with a rag will go away to keeping your chain clean.