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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.

FOR OTHER VITAL
INFORMATION PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO LOOK AT “REMEMBER”
AND “PRODUCTS”.

 

HAIR LACQUER TO LIPSTICK

REMEDIES FOR OTHER STAINS CAN BE FOUND
AT –



ADHESIVE
– BLOOD 
  #    CANDLE
WAX – CURRY
#  

DEODORANT
– GREASE 


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

 

Hair
lacquer

Fabrics

Clean immediately with
absorbent paper or cotton wool. Test a small area first with amyl acetate, if OK, dab on
stain using an absorbent pad underneath. Any remaining colour can be treated with
methylated spirits followed by washing in a strong detergent.

Heat
mark

Furniture

Rub with metal polish
in direction of the wood grain.

I just wanted to thank you for the tip on
metal polish for removing heat marks on wooden furniture. I’ve tried the
ring remover but unfortunately the marks were too bad (even after two or
three sessions of at least 15 minutes.

After reading your tip I used “Autosol”
metal polish (obtained from Lakeland) and it worked a treat in a jiffy –
5minutes for both tables!! Thank you so much

Nellie Macon

Ice
Cream

Fabrics

Soak in a solution of
warm biological detergent and wash in the usual way. Treat any remaining stain with a
grease solvent.

Indelible
Pencil

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.

Ink
– Ballpoint pen

Fabrics

Dab lightly with either
methylated spirits or grease solvent, a cotton wool bud is ideal for this purpose. Wash as
usual.


Spray with hair spray, then wash as
usual.  Works wonderfully on men’s dress shirts.
 

Courtesy of D. Gough

Spray with hairspray and then use bar
of soap.  May need two applciations.

Susan Peters – thanks.

Same solution sent in by Clare
Harding but she makes a very good point that you should check that the hairspray will not
mark the fabric on an unseen bit first.


Ink –
Ballpoint pen
LeatherTo remove ballpoint
pen marks from leather such as lounge suites, car seats, handbags, etc,
spray with hairspray and leave a few minutes.  Wipe off with a soft
damp cloth.  Marks that are deep/heavy or have been left for some
time may need the hairspray left a while longer or a second or subsequent
treatments but should fade each time hairspray is applied.  Do not
allow hairspray to dry before wiping off.

Alison Miller


I
would offer a word of caution here though – some hairsprays can damage some
leather;  it depends on the other ingredients in the particular
hairspray and also the type of finish and dyes used on the leather itself. 
It can also have a detrimental affect if used regularly over a period of
time.


It
is the alcohol in the hairspray which does the trick.

Ink
– Felt tip pen

Fabrics

Dab lightly with either
methylated spirits or grease solvent, a cotton wool bud is ideal for this purpose. Wash as
usual.

Ink
– Felt tip pen

Wallpaper

Dab carefully with neat
liquid detergent or methylated spirits. A cotton wool bud is ideal for this purpose.

Ink
– Marking

Fabrics

The very nature of this
product makes stains very hard to remove. Apply a little vegetable oil to prevent the ink
drying into the fabric, then dab with a stain remover.

Ink
– Permanent

Fabrics

Dab with methylated
spirits over absorbent pad then was in detergent.

Ink
– Washable

Fabrics

Dab with cold water and
wash in detergent.

Iron
Mould

Fabrics

Cover stain with salt
and then squeeze lemon juice onto the salt. Leave for about an hour then rinse well and
repeat if necessary. Wash in the normal manner. Proprietary rust removers can be used on
some fabrics.

Jam

Fabrics

If washed quickly these
stains are usually removed by normal washing. Old stains should be soaked in a Borax
solution (15 ml or 1 table spoon to 500 ml or 1 pint warm water) or liquid detergent, then
wash as normal. If the stain is stubborn try hydrogen peroxide (20 volume strength 1 part
to 6 parts water), then launder.

If fabric cannot be washed, remove anything remaining on the surface,
sponge with a cloth moistened in washing-up liquid, then dry with a clean cloth.

Lipstick

Fabrics

Usually removed by
normal washing, however, if this is not the case use a grease solvent and wash again.