Getting chain lube stains out of white socks -- can it be done?

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tallterry
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by tallterry

Title says it all. I try to be careful when I unclip but I always end up with grease stains on my socks anyway, and it sure shows when they're white. Can the stains be removed or is it a lost cause?

thx

AJS914
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by AJS914

Hit them with stain remover immediately helps. I've removed chain grease from a perfectly white Castelli jacket by scrubbing the spot with laundry detergent, Oxi-clean and a toothbrush.

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by flying

Yes for sure
I Keep a spray bottle/old Windex bottle etc handy

In it mix up a solution of roughly 50/50 bleach & water then add a bit of liquid soap/detergent & some vinegar

Keep that bottle at home & when you return & go to wash your kit spray the socks
rub together & rinse. If it is a bad oil streak use a tooth brush on the stain with that solution.

One thing to remember is your using a decently strong bleach solution
Keep your black kit away from it & make sure to rinse your work area/sink before washing your black stuff :wink:

Neillp
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by Neillp

Swarfega works every time, just rub some in 10 minutes before putting them in the washing machine

Boombang
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by Boombang

Do you unclip inwards? If so try unclipping outwards.

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by Butcher

Do people really unclip inwards?

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by flying

Boombang wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:44 am
Do you unclip inwards? If so try unclipping outwards.
:lol: Come on don't give folks a hard time...as Forrest Gump said Sh*t happens :wink:

Boombang
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by Boombang

Butcher wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:21 pm
Do people really unclip inwards?
OP?

I actually meant that seriously. Knew a guy who unclipped in as that was how he was shown and didn't know you could do it any other way.

tallterry
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by tallterry

Thanks everyone for the tips, going to try them!

No I don't unclip inwards, but somehow I still end up with chain grease on my socks from straddling the bike at stop lights or having my pedals hit my sock while I'm walking the bike (I have speedplay so the pedal itself usually has a decent bit of grease on it). I guess I just have to learn to be more careful.

spud
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by spud

when you stop, clip out the right foot so your resting position has you well away from the chain. If you clip out left, chances are good your sock will hit chain or large chainring.

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Butcher wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:21 pm
Do people really unclip inwards?
Both knees are torn, but do so on the right.
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by Georgegibson

For fixed stain, i use hairspray. Simply put a toilet paper or very thin fabric over the stain and spray a lot. Soak the stain properly then wash it. You might have to repeat the process until its gone.

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by shotgun1

Try to see if you can start using Wax as your chain lubricant in the future. It'll solve that problem.
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by spacelahanaa

Citrus degreasers work well. Wet the area, spray some degreaser and rub before the usual machine wash.

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