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TAR TO WINES AND SPIRITS
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.
To remove tar from clothes or flooring rub gently with baby oil.
Thanks you “Ymarie”
This stain can usually
If the stain is on white fabric and is stubborn. Before it is allowed
|Fabric Skin||Scrape off as much of the white deposits|
as possible, as soon as possible. Clean off the remainder with a little white
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Remove surface deposits. Wipe with damp cloth then squirt with a soda siphon or borax solution (15ml/1tablespoon 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.
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.
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
Usually respond to carpet shampoo e.g. 1001 or Vanish.
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.
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
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.
(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.
Light marks can be removed with cigarette ash and linseed oil, then polish.