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Stain removal products, general household products that can be used for stain removal and their uses



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STAIN
REMOVAL

With some well chosen items in your cupboard you should
be able to remove almost everything: within reason that is!

Caution is needed, however, please remember:-

    • All solvents, bleach etc. should be labelled and kept out of reach of children.
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    • Read the instructions carefully.

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    • Many solvents are highly inflammable so work in a well-ventilated room and never use
      near a naked flame or smoke whilst using them – unless you want to remove more than
      just a stain.
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    • There is always a risk when trying to remove any stain as results can be affected by
      many things such as the age and concentration of the stain and the weave and finish of the
      fabric.
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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 will be taken regarding results and their
      consequences.

USEFUL PRODUCTS

  • Soapless detergent
  • Biological detergent
  • Liquid grease solvent e.g. Dabitoff, Thawpit etc.
  • Aerosol stain remover
  • Laundry Borax
This is safe on most fabrics.
Use it in solution 15ml (1 tablespoon) to 500ml (1 pint) of warm water for sponging or
soaking washables. For white cottons, sprinkle borax on the dampened stain, stretch the
item over a basin and pour hot water through.
  • Glycerine
Lubricates and softens stains.
Use diluted, 1 part to 2 parts water.
  • Methylated spirit (colourless)
Use neat as a solvent, with cotton wool buds.
Remember it is inflammable and poisonous, so care is need when using it.
 
CAN REMOVE SOME DYES AND LEAVE MARKS AND ALSO HARM SOME MATERIALS.
  ALWAYS CHECK ON UNSEEN PLACE FIRST.
  • Lighter fuel – PLEASE NOTE WARNING ABOVE.
  • White vinegar or acetic acid
Keep acetic acid away from acetates and avoid contact with skin.
Use 5ml to 250ml (1 standard medicine spoon to half a pint) of water.
  • Hydrogen peroxide – CAN FADE FABRICS, TEST FIRST.

Use 20 volume strength. Dilute 1 part to 4 parts water.

  • Household ammonia – CAN FADE FABRICS, TEST FIRST.
Neutralises acid stains on wool or silk.
Use diluted 1 part to 3 parts water.
  • Household bleach – CAN FADE FABRICS, TEST FIRST.
Should be used on white cotton or linen only.
Dilute 14ml (1/2 fl.oz) to 1 litre (2 pints) of cold water. 
  • Proprietary rust/iron remover
  • Amyl acetate
Safe on most fabrics – except acetates.
It is highly flammable and toxic so work in well ventilated room and avoid breathing in
fumes.
  • Talc/Salt

Absorbs stains.

  • Clean cloths or pads.

 


Disclaimer

Let us know how you get rid of those problems stains and which products you find most
useful and the best by contacting us on june@hintsandthings.co.uk.

 

Information on how to remove most
common stains can be found on the following pages:-

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

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

TAR –
WINES/SPIRITS