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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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TAR TO WINES AND SPIRITS

ADHESIVE - BLOOD   #    CANDLE WAX - CURRY #   DEODORANT - GREASE 

HAIR LACQUER - LIPSTICK   #   METAL POLISH - OIL    #  PAINT - STICKY MARKS


Tar

Fabrics/Hair/Skin

Carefully remove anything remaining on surface and soften with a glycerine solution (1 part to 2 parts water). Gently dab with lighter fuel, which acts as a solvent, and then with a cloth which has been dampened in warm water.

Rub in peanut butter and then wash as normal.

Diann Woods

To remove tar from clothes or flooring rub gently with baby oil.

Thanks you "Ymarie"

Tea

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.

Tippex (Correction Fluid) Fabric

 

Skin

Scrape off as much of the white deposits as possible, as soon as possible.  Clean off the remainder with a little white spirit.

As long as it is not on a highly sensitive area such as around the eyes, white spirit on some cotton wool will probably do the trick.  If you do not have any white spirits try nail varnish remover, this apparently works (according to Chris).

Tomato Sauce

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.

Urine

Fabrics

Soak in cold water and a biological detergent, then wash in a strong detergent. Alternatively, sponge with a vinegar solution (1 tablespoon/15ml to 1 pint/500ml cold water).

Urine

Carpet

Sponge old stains with ammonia solution (1 tablespoon/15 ml to 500ml/1 pint cold water).

Foam from a carpet shampoo usually works on fresh stains.

Vomit

Fabrics

Remove surface deposits, rinse under cold running water. Soak in cold water and a biological detergent, then wash in a strong detergent. Alternatively, sponge with a vinegar solution (1 tablespoon/15ml to 1 pint/500ml cold water).

For non-washing fabrics, remove surface deposits and sponge with warm water into which a few drops of ammonia have been added. Blot dry with absorbent paper.

Vomit

Carpet

Remove surface deposits. Wipe with damp cloth then squirt with a soda siphon or borax solution (15ml/1 tablespoon to 500ml/1pint warm water). Blot well with absorbent paper to remove excess liquid from carpet. Clean with carpet cleaner, rinse and blot, repeating as necessary.

Water marks

Furniture

 

Antiques are best left to professionals.

To remove white water stains from wood, use a hot iron on a smoothly-textured, lint-free cloth placed over the stain, iron for a few seconds, lift the cloth, and repeat until stain is gone.

OR

Rub with metal polish in direction of the wood grain.

If on DARK French polished surface a mixture of cigarette ash and a good vegetable oil rubbed on the mark will remove it completely (some take more rubbing than others). 

Equal parts of olive oil and salt rubbed gently over the mark with your finger, leave for about two hours then wipe away with a clean dry cloth. Rewax if necessary. (Do not use on valuable pieces as this can scratch).

This is suitable for dark wood only as the oil can stain lighter woods.

On light woods rubbing with an oily Brazil nut sometime works. 

Camphorated oil or pure turpentine and raw linseed oil (1 part of each) can also be used but all these suggestions only work on FRENCH POLISHED items.

Antiques are best left to professionals.

Water Soluble stains

Carpet

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

Wax

Fabrics

Remove as much of the surface wax as possible. Place between two sheets of absorbent kitchen paper and press with warm iron, moving paper around so clean sections will absorb the wax. Any residual colour can be removed by dabbing with colourless methylated spirits before washing.

White Wine

Fabrics/Carpet

If stain has dried soften with glycerine (1 part to 2 parts water) before washing.

Rinse in warm water, sponge with borax solution (1 tbls. To 1 pint water) if necessary. Wash in the usual manner.

Wine - Red

Fabrics/Carpet

Sponge immediately with White Wine to remove the red stain then follow the instructions for White wine stains.

If you rub salt into the stain immediately after the spillage has occurred this will counteract the stain.  Leave for a minute or two then rinse with warm water.

Thanks to Emma Crowest for this one.

Baby wipes can be used to remove stain.

Contribution from David Barns

Shaving foam also gets red wine out of clothing and carpets/upholstery.

Joanna Sullivan

 

(although I am not sure whether they would leave a stain of their own).

  Wool Carpet Immediately pour a pile of salt onto the freshly spilt wine.  The salt absorbs the wine.  If left to absorb overnight the salt may be vacuumed the next day.

Thanks to an anonymous visitor for this tip.

Wine/Spirit

Furniture

Light marks can be removed with cigarette ash and linseed oil, then polish.

 

 

 

 

 

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