Oil out of trousers

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steveparry
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Oil out of trousers

Postby steveparry » 22 Sep 2017, 3:06pm

I have black oil marks on the bottom of my cotton cord trousers. On left leg from rubbing crank. Think I tried Vanish bar with little success. Should I try a solvent eg WD40 with tissue to absorb it?

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby LollyKat » 22 Sep 2017, 4:34pm

Vanish bar took the oil off my son's white t-shirt but that was nearly 20 years ago - maybe they've changed the formula. You could try one of the citrus oil degreasers, or even just ordinary cooking oil. I now clean any oil off my hands with a little almond oil and a tissue, then finish off with detergent.

If it it from the left crank it may not be oil but a mixture of aluminium and general dirt.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby Roadster » 22 Sep 2017, 5:38pm

Rub Swarfega into the oil stains and leave it to soak in for a while before washing. In order for this method to work well, however, it must be done before washing or even wetting the dry fabric.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby san0 » 23 Sep 2017, 8:27am

Vanish doesn't work well, I found that mucoff chain spray cleaner did the trick off my white Lycra panels on my shorts.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby thirdcrank » 23 Sep 2017, 8:37am

Roadster wrote:Rub Swarfega into the oil stains and leave it to soak in for a while before washing. In order for this method to work well, however, it must be done before washing or even wetting the dry fabric.


I keep a separate tub of clean Swarfega for this type of thing. Otherwise, the larger tub used for hand cleaning can contain the dissolved residues from mucky hands. This is my first resort for oil marks, so long as it's something that won't be damaged with water when the Swarfega is cleaned off.

I can't remember Swarfega failing me.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby colin54 » 23 Sep 2017, 1:40pm

thirdcrank wrote:
so long as it's something that won't be damaged with water when the Swarfega is cleaned off.



I found that out this week, I bought a Paramo Jacket for the winter and it fell off it's hook onto the bike chain leaving a lovely oily mark on

the sleeve ,I gave it a clean with neat Swarfega and rinsed the area , I went out for a rainy ride yesterday and found it had removed all

the waterproofing from that one spot, ironically it didn't remove the oil mark ,possibly due to the waterproofing.

It's always worked before on normal materials,and as Roadster said use it neat on the dry material,then rinse off afterwards

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby roger » 3 Nov 2017, 8:30pm

Another Swarfega fan. Has also be successful on chip fat and oven insides - needs must.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby softlips » 3 Nov 2017, 8:47pm

Nothing seems to get it off my socks.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby Vorpal » 3 Nov 2017, 9:27pm

I use washing up liquid & stain remover. I use a little water and washing up liquid and scrub it a little. If that doesn't get it all out, I put some Ecover stain remover on it while it's still wet, then wash it on the 'stained' cycle in the washing machine. I check that it has come out, and try again if not (it happens occasionally with white or light things). If you put it in the tumber dryer still stained, the heat will set it & it will likely be there forever more.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby Brucey » 3 Nov 2017, 10:30pm

oil looks black because it is full of microscopic particles. I reckon the 'stain' is often comprised not of oil, but of these tiny particles, lodged in the fabric.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby old_windbag » 3 Nov 2017, 11:14pm

When I saw the thread title I thought it was an answer to the worlds energy problems. :wink:

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby JohnW » 4 Nov 2017, 12:41am

Some 'Forumers' will laugh - scoff indeed - at this, but I always have success in removing bicycle related oil marks from fabrics by cleaning with white spirit.

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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby Gattonero » 4 Nov 2017, 1:22pm

Swarfega also works on most handlebar tapes to remove grease or the grub that comes up with time (epsecially when the bike is ridden withough gloves/mitts)
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Re: Oil out of trousers

Postby ambodach » 4 Nov 2017, 2:51pm

I have used WD40 with success. Bit of paper towel under the stain and then gentle use on top. Check somewhere inconspicuous first in case of worse stains.