Getting Stains out of Stockings

Getting Stains out of Stockings

"Dear VienneMilano, 

How on earth do you get stains out of stockings? I managed to get pen marks on my favorite pair, and I'm totally at a loss! Can you help?"

- Sally N.


Emergency care is just as essential for your Italian hosiery as it is for your other garments. In the case of an unexpected and unwanted stain on your favorite hosiery, don't panic! If you spill something on your VienneMilano stockings, take a wet cloth with cold water and gently dab it on the stain. Don't rub too vigorously or you may damage the material. However, if the simple method of a wet cloth and cold water does not work, check out our chart below for other popular methods that we've personally tested, along with our step-by-step guide to using them that we're recommending based on our results. 

Before you begin, make sure to remove any jewelry that you may be wearing on your hands.

Step 1 — Gather a basin, towel, paper towels, detergent, and any spot stain remover. Fill the basin with cold water.

Step 1: Gather a basin, towel, cloth, etc.

Step 2 — Determine what solution to apply to your stain from the chart below, and heavily coat the stain with the appropriate solution (short on supplies? Just substitute hairspray for any of the solutions listed below).

The Stain

The Solution

Sticky Mishaps




Red wine

Club soda

Slippery Mishaps



Flour and white salt

Office Mishaps



Makeup Mishaps


Baby wipes


Step 3 — Get ready to be amazed! Place your stained section of hold ups against the towel or a hard surface. Using a paper towel, rub your solution vigorously until it lifts or lightens, then apply the spot stain remover. If using the flour and salt solution, dip a section of a paper towel into the cold water and vigorously rub the combination into the stain until it lifts or lightens, then apply the spot stain remover. 


Step 4 — Add a tablespoon of mild detergent to the cold water basin. Turn your stay ups inside out and place them in the basin.

Step 4 - soaking thigh highs

Step 5 — Scrunch your thigh highs and rub the treated fabric together to remove the stain, then let them soak for 10 minutes.

Scrubbing Treated StockingsScrubbing out stubborn stainsSoaking Thigh Highs

Step 6 — Time for your thigh high hosiery to relax! Lay your thigh highs flat to dry.

Step 6 - Drying stockings flat

All the stain solutions that we've tested can be found here. We've found that lipstick takes a bit more effort to get out, but a very harsh rub with the baby wipe and a spot stain treatment should do the trick. We've also found the flour and salt combo to be the most disappointing solution of the bunch, but it may just be that more rubbing and spot remover is needed for lotion, chapstick, or other oil-based products. Got a coffee or wine stain on your nude stockings? No worries, there — our nude stockings are pretty impervious to both coffee and wine! Soaking up the stain with a dry paper towel should work nicely. If it's a major spill, however, there's a certain common household product that will definitely take care of it. Mark our words: HAIRSPRAY IS MAGICAL. In fact, if you're short on any of the other items needed for a specific stain, just stick with hairspray — it took care of ketchup, coffee, wine, ink, and lipstick with minimal effort!


Congratulations! You are now ready to tackle anything that could come between you and looking fabulous. Unfortunately, you may encounter a stain that just won’t come out or a situation where you just don't have any of the aforementioned solutions available. Fortunately, our stockings can be turned to the side or completely around to hide the stain in a pinch! A major benefit of our thigh highs is that they are non-constrictive—you cannot pull this trick with pantyhose or tights. But, if those pesky stains just won't come out, you’ll need to replace them. Check out our latest collection, find some new pairs of thigh highs, and continue to enhance your style and confidence!

Are there any solutions that we’ve missed? What else can hairspray cure? What’s worked for you? Feel free to let us know in the comments. Keep strutting!

Posted on 06/09/2017 by Erica Boyd Home, Tutorials 0 85

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