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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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AND “PRODUCTS”.

 


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/SkinRub
on peanut butter, then wash in normal way.


Diann Woods.