Whether your bicycle chain slips off during a weekend ride or if you’re just messing around as part of regular maintenance, there’s no denying that bike grease can create some rather unattractive streaks.
Once your apparel have been stained, the only option is to remove the grease stains entirely – but how do you learn how to remove grease stains from clothes? Is it really as difficult as it appears?
In this blog post, you will discover about the different technique for extracting those unattractive grease stains from the varying kinds of clothing that you wear on a regular basis.
Why are grease stains so difficult to remove? Because grease is made up of lipids. Lipids include bike grease, natural oils and waxes. Because lipids are water insoluble, they cling to cloth fibers during washing.
The good thing is that grease is soluble in organic solvents such as degreasers and acids, therefore it may be easily removed from most fabrics.
Bike grease can be tough to completely clean out, but the sooner you start, the better. Your success is determined by the stain, the fabric’s substance and color and the method you use to clean it.
Though the stains may not appear to be significant at first, they will darken the fabric over time as they settle, making it critical to remove them as soon as possible. The more time you take, the more the oil and grease will be absorbed.
The stain will be considerably more difficult to remove once it has dried, and it may harm your garments beyond repair.
Below are some methods that you can use to get bike grease out of clothes.
1. Use Dish Soap to Remove Bike Grease Stains
Dish soap is meant to break up thick muck on your dishes by default. The soap can also be used to clean your clothes and remove the grease. Here’s what you should do. Apply a small amount of dish detergent straight to the grease mark. Rub the problematic area in the detergent for a minute or two.
After that, you let the item sit for a few minutes before washing it according to the garment label’s instructions. Please be aware that this hack only works with petroleum-based liquid dish detergent (such as Dawn), not all-natural, plant-based, or environmentally friendly varieties.
2. Use Baking Soda to Remove Bike Stains
Baking soda can help if the grease stain is still new. Gently dab the stain with a clean, hand towel to soak up grease. Apply baking soda over the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes to absorb the grease.
Using a butter knife, scrape away any remaining baking soda. Reapply the baking soda to the stain and gently scrape it off. Scrape aside the brown baking soda and repeat the process until it no longer changes color.
Complete the task by washing the garment as usual.
Note: Because oil and water don’t mix, it’s easier to work on an old grease stain without wetting the fabric. The water soaks up the grease in the fabric, leaving you with little room to get it out.
3. Using Commercial Grease Removers
There is a product out there in the market called Shout Advanced Grease Busting Foam (Amazon link). Shout Advanced Grease Busting Foam is designed to get rid of difficult grease stains such as machine oil, greasy food, and spaghetti sauce.
So don’t skip out on the greasy pleasure because you’re afraid of a stain! It contains three highly effective stain-removal chemicals that are designed to dissolve grease stains.
It claims to be the only stain cleaning product developed exclusively for grease and oil stains. Its foaming action lifts stains from textiles and eliminates them.
It fights stains while being gentle on your cloth. All colorfast washables are safe, and it works in all water temps.
How do You Prevent Bike Grease Stains
A. Clean the Chain
A good defense, they say, is the best attack. The majority of grease stains are caused by bike chains. When you wipe your pant leg against a clean chain, grease is easy to remove, but grease from a chain that has been ridden hard over mud puddles and gravel is practically impossible to remove.
Regularly wash your chain and bike to prevent the buildup of oil and grime: it may seem like a lot of labor, but keeping a bike clean is a lot less work than wiping grease from your clothes.
B. Use Leg Straps of Clips
Another method to prevent bike grease stains is to use Leg straps or clips (particularly on the chain side). This not only keeps the trouser leg clean, but it also keeps the cuff from chafing or becoming tangled in something.
You may make do with a large rubber band, but Velcro straps are more convenient and easier to put on and take off. They can be wrapped around your seat post or anything similar while not in use.
(And if the straps — two per leg for truly big jeans — aren’t enough, “gaiters” that cover the entire ankle and lower shin can be purchased.)
C. Full Chain Guards.
This is what I witnessed in Sweden and the Netherlands, where riders wore full-length gowns and business suits. Most riders in the United States are too concerned with weight to consider these.
D. Tuck in To Socks
Socks should be tucked in. Only if your pants and socks are long enough will this work. It may still work loose as you bike. This clearly won’t work if you aren’t wearing socks today. It is, however, convenient in that it does not necessitate any additional equipment.
E. Using a “Wax” Chain Lubricant
Using a “wax” chain lubricant is another option. You’ll find that people have strong feelings regarding chain lubrication. Some people are of the opinion that plain paraffin wax works well for them.
Wax suspended in solution (e.g. White Lightening, Finish Line) and wax combined with additives are two further options. The basic line is that these wax-based lubricants are designed to harden and flake off over time, leaving no residue on your jeans or leg.