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How to remove common stains such as tar, wine, tippex, urine, water marks, and vomit from fabric, upholstery, carpets and furniture.


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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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TAR TO WINES AND SPIRITS


ADHESIVE
– BLOOD
   #   
CANDLE
WAX – CURRY
#  

DEODORANT
– GREASE 


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


Tar

Fabrics/Hair/Skin

Carefully remove
anything remaining on surface and 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.

Rub in peanut butter and then wash
as normal.

Diann Woods

To remove tar from clothes or flooring
rub gently with baby oil.

Thanks you
“Ymarie”

Tea

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.


Tippex (Correction
Fluid)
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).

Tomato
Sauce

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.

Urine

Fabrics

Soak in cold water and
a biological detergent, then wash in a strong detergent. Alternatively, sponge with a
vinegar solution (1 tablespoon/15ml to 1 pint/500ml cold water).

Urine

Carpet

Sponge old stains with
ammonia solution (1 tablespoon/15 ml to 500ml/1 pint cold water).

Foam from a carpet shampoo usually works on fresh stains.

Vomit

Fabrics

Remove surface
deposits, rinse under cold running water. Soak in cold water and a biological detergent,
then wash in a strong detergent. Alternatively, sponge with a vinegar solution (1
tablespoon/15ml to 1 pint/500ml cold water).

For non-washing fabrics, remove surface deposits and sponge with warm
water into which a few drops of ammonia have been added. Blot dry with absorbent paper.

Vomit

Carpet

Remove surface
deposits. Wipe with damp cloth then squirt with a soda siphon or borax solution (15ml/1
tablespoon to 500ml/1pint warm water). Blot well with absorbent paper to remove excess
liquid from carpet. Clean with carpet cleaner, rinse and blot, repeating as necessary.

Water
marks

Furniture

 

Antiques are best left to
professionals.

To remove white water stains from wood, use a hot iron on a
smoothly-textured, lint-free cloth placed over the stain, iron for a few
seconds, lift the cloth, and repeat until stain is gone.

OR

Rub with metal polish
in direction of the wood grain.

If on DARK French polished surface a mixture of
cigarette ash and a good vegetable oil rubbed on the mark will remove it completely (some
take more rubbing than others). 

Equal parts of olive oil and salt rubbed gently over
the mark with your finger, leave for about two hours then wipe away with a clean dry
cloth. Rewax if necessary. (Do not use on valuable pieces as this
can scratch).

This is suitable for dark wood only
as the oil can stain lighter woods.

On light woods rubbing with an oily Brazil nut
sometime works. 

Camphorated oil or pure turpentine and raw linseed
oil (1 part of each) can also be used but all these suggestions only work on FRENCH POLISHED items.

Antiques are best left to
professionals.

Water
Soluble stains

Carpet

Usually respond to
carpet shampoo e.g. 1001 or Vanish.

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.

White
Wine

Fabrics/Carpet

If stain has dried
soften with glycerine (1 part to 2 parts water) before washing.

Rinse in warm water, sponge with borax solution (1 tbls. To 1 pint
water) if necessary. Wash in the usual manner.

Wine
– Red

Fabrics/Carpet

Sponge immediately with
White Wine to remove the red stain then follow the instructions for White wine stains.

If you rub salt into the stain immediately after the
spillage has occurred this will counteract the stain.  Leave for a minute or two then
rinse with warm water.

Thanks to Emma Crowest for this
one.

Baby wipes can be used to remove stain.

Contribution from David Barns

Shaving foam also gets red wine
out of clothing and carpets/upholstery.

Joanna Sullivan

 

(although I am not sure
whether they would leave a stain of their own).

 Wool CarpetImmediately pour a pile of salt onto the
freshly spilt wine.  The salt absorbs the wine.  If left to absorb overnight the
salt may be vacuumed the next day.

Thanks to an anonymous visitor for this tip.

Wine/Spirit

Furniture

Light marks can be
removed with cigarette ash and linseed oil, then polish.