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STAIN REMOVAL

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The advice on these pages is given in good faith but it is made clear these remedies are undertaken at your own risk. No responsibility can be taken as regards their results or any consequences relating to their use. Please read notes at beginning of this section.

  • If you place the stained area on a soft absorbent cloth, or rolled up ball of kitchen paper, and use a circular motion from the outside in towards the centre, this will avoid making a ring mark.
     

  • Do not rub the remover onto the stain as this can damage the fabric and cause the stain to spread, always use a dabbing motion.
     

  • If the damaged item is washable, rinse NON GREASY stains away with water.
     

  • If the stain is greasy, sprinkle talc on the mark to absorb it.

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DEODORANT TO GREASE

ADHESIVE - BLOOD   #    CANDLE WAX - CURRY #   HAIR LACQUER - LIPSTICK  

METAL POLISH - OIL  #    PAINT - STICKY MARKS   #    TAR - WINES/SPIRITS

Deodorant

Fabrics

Sponge with a hydrogen peroxide solution (20 volume strength 1 part to 6 parts water) then apply neat liquid detergent to the area. Wash in the usual way. A build up may be impossible to remove.

There is a more detailed article on dealing with personal stains such as perfume, perspiration and deodorant here

Dirty Marks

Carpet

Usually respond to carpet shampoo e.g. 1001 or Vanish.

Egg

Fabrics

Soak in cold water using a biological detergent and then wash in a strong biological detergent.

Face creams

Fabrics

Blot or scrape off any excess. Dampen and put neat liquid detergent directly onto stain. Wash immediately in the hottest temperature the fabric will allow.

Alternatively, place stain between sheets of absorbent kitchen paper and press with a warm iron then wash as above.

For bad stains or on fabrics which cannot withstand a very hot wash, a grease solvent can be used before laundering.

Faded wood

Furniture etc.

Regular treatment with "Scratch cover" polish improves this.

Fat

Fabric

Blot or scrape off any excess. Dampen and put neat liquid detergent directly onto stain. Wash immediately in the hottest temperature the fabric will allow.

Alternatively, place stain between sheets of absorbent kitchen paper and press with a warm iron then wash as above.

For bad stains or on fabrics which cannot withstand a very hot wash a grease solvent can be used before laundering.

Fruit

Fabric

This stain can usually be removed by normal washing, as long as this can be done without delay. You can, however, apply a glycerine solution (diluted 1 part to 2 parts water), leave for about an hour to soften the stain then wash in detergent.

If the stain is on white fabric and is stubborn. Before it is allowed to dry, apply a peroxide solution (20 volume strength 1 part to 6 parts water) and then wash again.


Gloria Chytka kindly sent in this tip for removing fresh fruit stains (i.e. blueberry, raspberries, bing cherries, etc.) from fabric.

NOT SUITABLE FOR WOOL.

Stretch the fabric over the sink or a large bowl (not plastic!).  Heat about 4/6 pints of water to boiling.   Pour over stained fabric from a height of about 18 inches.

Apparently, the stains disappear before your eyes and it even works on Koolaid stains.

I must stress I have not tried this one so I do not know what effect it would have on synthetic or delicate materials.  A most unusual tip as we were always taught that hot water set stains, it must be the heat combined with the pressure caused by the height from which it is poured.

Please be careful with the boiling water.

I have received several endorsements/recommendations for this particular tip which appears to be very successful with cotton and cotton blends.

Cheryl Anderson writes -

I just wanted to confirm the stain removal tip for fruit stains using very hot water poured onto the material which is 'stretched' over a bowl. It works every time I use it. I use it on cotton and cotton blends.

Maureen Barnes confirms -

By the way boiling water works like magic on juice stains, even on nylon.

 

Glue

Clear or Contact

Fabrics/Upholstery

i.e.NON ACETATE

Treat with amyl acetate. Dab from wrong side over an absorbent pad.

Glue

Clear of Contact

Fabrics/Upholstery

ACETATE

Treat with white spirit. Dab from wrong side over an absorbent pad.

Acetate should not be treated with acetone.

Glue – Latex

Fabrics/Upholstery

If wet, remove with damp cloth.

If dry, loosen with a liquid grease solvent, rub off as much as possible, sponge or launder.

Grass

Fabrics

Sponge on methylated spirits which should be washed out in warm soapy water. Apply a glycerine solution (1 part to 2 parts water) and leave to soften. Wash as normal in a strong detergent.

Alternatively -

Soak item in water for 15 minutes, wring out and then put white vinegar on the stain.  Scrub with old toothbrush adding detergent if needed.  Wash as normal.

Gravy

Fabrics

Soak in cold water using a biological detergent and then wash in a strong biological detergent.

Grease

Fabrics

Blot or scrape off any excess. Dampen and put neat liquid detergent directly onto stain. Wash immediately in the hottest temperature the fabric will allow.

Alternatively, place stain between sheets of absorbent kitchen paper and press with a warm iron then wash as above.

For bad stains or on fabrics which cannot withstand a very hot wash a grease solvent can be used before laundering.

Pour  talcum powder onto the stain, leave overnight.  Shake off the excess and wash as normal.
                                                        Thanks to Trisha for this one.

Gum Fabrics/Hair/Skin Rub on peanut butter, then wash in normal way.

Diann Woods.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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