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Stain removal, methods to use for removing stains caused by candle wax, cosmetics, crayons, correction fluid, gum and curry.


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STAIN REMOVAL


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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Candle wax – Curry


ADHESIVE – BLOOD
   #   
DEODORANT – GREASE
  
#  

HAIR LACQUER – LIPSTICK 
 
METAL POLISH – OIL
  # 

PAINT – STICKY MARKS
   #   
TAR – WINES/SPIRITS

 

Candle 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.

Alternatively, heat the
bowl of a metal spoon, place a piece of damp paper over the wax and
rub with the hot spoon.  This will remove all the wax.

Carbon paper

Fabrics

Treat with undiluted liquid detergent and rinse well. If this fails
dab with colourless methylated spirits and then with liquid
detergent containing a little household ammonia. Rinse well.

Chewing gum

Fabrics

Harden the gum by placing in the refrigerator or freezer, or
alternatively, hold it against a plastic bag full of ice cubes. Do
not wet the fabric. Scrape off as much as you can, treat what is
left with colourless methylated spirits or a dry cleaning fluid and
then wash in the usual manner.

There is
a chemical called amyl acetate. This chemical will dissolve chewing
gum very easily: although I doubt it is available to purchase most
high school science technicians will have access to this chemical. 

It can
be used on most fabrics natural and man made.

I would
not use it on varnished or wood surfaces.

Allan Casey

Chewing gum on fabrics can be removed using liquid petrol lighter
fuel. Remember this
liquid is very flammable and take care to test the fabric
beforehand.

John
Grubb

Chocolate

Fabrics

Scrape as much as possible off the surface, apply a biological
liquid detergent neat and then wash in biological washing powder. If
the item is white and the stain is stubborn, soak in hydrogen
peroxide solution (i.e. 20 volume strength 1 part to 6 parts water)
and then wash again.

If the fabric is coloured or
non-washable, use a grease solvent.

Cigarette burn

Furniture

Rub with FINE steel wool followed by linseed oil or alcohol.

Coffee

Fabrics

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.



Correction Fluid (Tipp-ex)
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).

Cosmetics

(Make-up)

Fabrics

Soak for 5 minutes in a weak ammonia solution I.e. 5ml to 500 ml
water of 1 standard medicine spoon to 1 pint. Rinse well. Wash in a
strong detergent in the hottest water the fabric will withstand.
Soften dried stains with glycerine (1 part to 2 parts water) before
washing in detergent.

Crayons

Fabrics

Dab with white spirit to remove the greasy element. Soak for about
an hour in a glycerine solution (1 part to 2 parts water), then wash
in detergent in the usual way.

Creosote

Fabric

Scrape of any surplus, treat with grease solvent over an absorbent
pad, and if possible, wash in the usual way.

If it is an old stain, soften with
glycerine solution (1 part to 2 parts water), leave for about an
hour, rinse and allow to dry, then treat as above.

Curry

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.