How to Clean Nylon Stains (Remove Grease Stain From Nylon)

Cleaning fabrics is another time consuming and boring chore. But it has to be done. Unfortunately, not all fabrics can be cleaned the same way. Synthetics are usually easier to clean than natural fabrics due to the anti-stain chemicals added to their construction.

Soap and water is one method you can use to clean nylon but that solution may not work for all stains or varieties of nylon. You can use cleaning solvents to handle grease and oil strains but make sure to do a test to see if they ruin the color, etc., on your nylon articles.

To learn how to clean nylon all you need to do is spend a few moments reading our article. It is filled with cleaning tips that make stripping nylon of strains easier. Nylon is strong and durable but that doesn’t mean it won’t get stained

Is Nylon Stain-Resistant?


There may be some nylon carpets that were made through special processes that might keep them stain resistant. But clothing is another matter and some nylon materials, if not treated to resist stains, that will attract different stains.

When this happens you have a lot of work ahead of you as some stains, like oil and grease, are hard to get out. Make sure to blot and not rub the nylon area. The rubbing motion will make the stain grow and make it penetrate further into the fabric.

The best way to make sure nylon is stain resistant is to treat the material with those products designed to protect nylon. One thing you should know is that nylon doe snot resist stains, as well as polyester, does when both fabrics are left untreated.

Finding a good treatment is essential if you do not want to spend your time cleaning nylon clothing items.

Does Nylon Stain Easily?

Not as easy as natural fibers attract stains. Nylon is a man-made synthetic fiber that is designed to resist stains and make your laundry life a little easier. With that said, nylon will still stain and some of those stains will be very hard to remove.

This ability to resist stain is not something that can do the job alone. Using a good stain resistant treatment on nylon will help prevent the fabric from becoming dirty in different spots.

When the fabric does get a few stains on it, the task of removing certain specific ones is not that hard to do. You can hand wash by using a mild soap and water, put the material in your washing machine, or simply let a dry cleaner handle the job.

Nylon does stain easier than polyester does so if you are going to an event you know will be messy, it might be wise to change clothing and wear polyester instead.

What Stains Nylon?


Nylon was made to resist stains but that does not mean that it is a perfect fabric and nothing will stain the material. This fabric does have some weaknesses and there are many products out there that will leave their mark on nylon clothing and other nylon products.

Different liquids can cause the nylon to stain. Plus, mud, blood, wax, and many more products leave their mark on the fabric as well. Oil and grease are two of those many other products.

Oil and blood may be two of the hardest stains to remove from nylon material. In all cases, you should blot not rub the stain. Blotting helps lift the excess material off the nylon clothing, etc., and prevents it from spreading or going deeper into the fabric.

Scraping the stain with a dull knife will help remove the offending material and not damage your clothing.

How To Clean Nylon Stains

The first step in this process is to blot the stain as soon as possible after it happens. You can use a clean cloth or a paper towel. Next, you need to use a dull knife to scrape away any of the material that has dried on the nylon.

To do that you should put the knife under the material and lift it up. When you have the excess taken care of, use a mild soap and water mixture to spot treat the area. Make sure to rub in a circular direction.

After you have done all of this, check the cleaning label on the garment. If it says it is okay to wash, then wash according to the cleaning instructions. If not, take the garment to a dry cleaner and let them handle the job.

If the former is true, then wash in cold water using a liquid detergent. Check the garment after washing and if the stain is not gone, repeat this process until it is. Don't dry until the stain is gone.

Remove Grease Stain From Nylon Jacket


The process for this stain is not that much different from the previous instructions. The different methods you can use will depend on what material the nylon jacket is made from. The following instructions are for a jacket made from ripstop nylon.

Step one, apply a grease removing dishwashing soap that is not made for the dishwasher. Apply the soap directly to the stain with your fingers.

Step two, once that is done, rinse with the hottest water you are allowed to use. Check the label to find out what that is.

Step three, now rub baking soda or baby powder over the stain and rinse with the same hot water.

Step four, you can try to use regular shampoo rubbing it on the stain asap and again rinsing in the hottest water you are allowed. If the stain is not gone, try using a pretreatment laundry stain remover and leave that on for a day before washing in hot water. Don’t dry until the stain is gone.

Hot water is good to use as oil melts when it comes in contact with it and that helps lift the stain off your nylon jacket

Removing Stains From Nylon Carpet

Many nylon carpets are treated with a stain-resistant chemical but that doesn't mean your nice nylon carpet does not get stained from time to time. The good news is you do not have to buy expensive cleaning solutions to handle the problem.

The key is to find the right cleaner for your carpet. Most nylon carpets can be cleaned using commercial cleaners but the ph level should be below 10 to avoid damaging the stain-resistant coating.

Then steam cleaning is the only way to clean those carpets deep down. This may be a little bit costly but at least you know the stain will be gone when you are done. Home remedies include dish detergent and water, vinegar and water or lemon juice, and club soda.

The important factor is to make sure those products will not ruin your nice nylon carpet.

Remove Coffee Stain From Nylon Carpet


There are many ways to get coffee stains out of nylon and the first steps are almost exactly like other procedures already described. You need to blot the stain as soon as you can after the coffee has been spilled.

Don’t rub as again you will push the stain deeper into the carpet and make it harder to remove. When that happens steam cleaning may be your only option. Before heading in that direction, you can try mixing water and baking soda and turning it into a paste.

Or you can use other home remedies like vinegar and water or lemon juice and club soda. If those do not work, try using a commercial cleaner that is designed to handle the nylon fabric.

Coffee and tea are hard stains to get out and that is because of the tannin ingredient inside both. The heat of those liquids helps open up the nylon fibers allowing the coffee to penetrate further.

How To Remove Yellow Stains Nylon

The best option you have is to first apply some lemon juice to the stain but do not let it dry. Once you put the lemon juice on, rinse it immediately or throw the item in your washer right away.

If that doesn’t work then you should look to buy some commercial cleaners made to work on nylon fabrics. There are several good ones out there and they are worth the expense.

Follow the instructions on the packages to get the best results and once you are done, wash the nylon item right away, after rinsing the item in cool water. Make sure to do your tests before applying these solutions. You do not want to ruin your nylon items by using the wrong cleaning agent.

Always check first to make sure the cleaning solution you pick is safe for nylon

Blood Stains Nylon


If the blood stains are fresh then all you need to do is wash the nylon garment or carpet in cold water. This should flush the blood right out as it has not had time to set or penetrate into the fibers.

By chance the blood has dried a bit or set, then you need to soak the garment in a mixture of 1 quart of water, 1/2 tsp of liquid laundry soap, and 1 tbsp of ammonia and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Next, after soaking, tamp the cleaning brush over the stain or scrape the area with a dull knife. Be gentle for both actions. Once the stain is removed, rinse well to get rid of the ammonia and wash the garment again or just let it dry.

This takes a little time but no one wants to see blood on the carpet nor step on blood stains.

Remove Mildew Stains From Nylon Tent

Mildew is not a fun stain to have to deal with. Fortunately, there are a lot of cleaning options available to make the task a little easier to get done. One of the following chemical-based products can do the trick-- Mirazyme, Fabric Guard, Concrobium, Hydrogen Peroxide, Lysol, or Ammonia.

But the key is to make sure that those cleaning agents do not harm the nylon material. If you do not want to use chemicals to rid yourself of the mildew or even mold, then you can try vinegar, bleach, baking soda, Borax alcohol, lemon juice, or a non-detergent soap. The lemon juice needs salt added to it.

To use any of these cleansers you should use your bathtub as it may be the largest tub you have in the house. Or you can use a spray bottle and mix the different chemicals etc. With the right amount of water.

How To Get Stains Out of Nylon Bag


Whether your nylon items is a bag or not, the cleaning agents and processes are basically the same. A lot will depend on the type of nylon your bag is made of and you should always test first to make sure the nylon won't be ruined by the cleaning compounds.

One different method not mentioned is the use of baby wipes. Since many nylon products are stain-resistant, these handy little wipes will get that mess up before it becomes a bigger problem.

Or you can use dishwashing liquid and water, putting the mixture on your bag with a toothbrush. The choice is up to you.

Some Final Words

Cleaning stains off nylon depends on several factors. The quality of the nylon, how it was made, and the type of cleaning solution you want to use. Not all cleaning solutions work for every stain or every type of nylon material.

Check first before you clean but make sure you start cleaning as soon as possible or the stain may go deep or set before you are ready to clean.

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