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How to Remove Common Stains Such As Metal Polish, Oil And Mud From Fabric, Upholstery And Carpets

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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METAL POLISH TO OIL


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


HAIR LACQUER – LIPSTICK # PAINT – STICKY MARKS # TAR – WINES/SPIRITS

 

Metal Polish

Fabrics

Carefully remove any excess with absorbent paper then dab with white spirit. Allow to dry then brush off any powdery deposit. Wash in detergent in the usual way.

Mildew

Fabrics

This stain is difficult to remove. On non-nylon, white items, bleach, soaking in strong detergent, or a solution of hydrogen peroxide (20 volume strength 1 part to 4 parts cold water) may work. Coloured items are more of a problem, however, regular washing reduces marks.

Milk

Fabrics

Soak in cold water using a biological detergent and then wash in a strong biological detergent.

Motor 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.

Mud

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.

Nail varnish

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.

Oil – Industrial

Fabrics

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.

Oil

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.

Put talcum powder over stain and leave overnight. Shake off excess and wash as normal.

Thanks to Trisha for this one.