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How to remove stains from fabric

 

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Alcohol (spirits) stain:

You'll need: Laundry detergent. White vinegar for white fabric. Hydrogen peroxide for coloured fabric. Maybe some pure alcohol (ask your local chemist).

What to do: As quickly as possible after the staining has occurred, sponge with cold water, then dab on some diluted laundry detergent. Whites should be rinsed in cold water with a few drops of white vinegar added, then washed as usual. For coloured garments, substitute the vinegar with hydrogen peroxide. If the stain is still there when the garment is dry, try sponging with pure alcohol.

Warning: Be careful using hydrogen peroxide and pure alcohol. Follow all safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.


Barbeque sauce stain:

You'll need: Laundry powder, an old toothbrush.

What to do: Make a thin paste out of mixing some laundry powder with hot water. Dip an old toothbrush in this paste and lightly brush across the stain until the fabric is clean. Rinse well with clean water and wash as usual.

Warning: This method may cause coloured fabrics to fade in the area you have treated.

 

Beer stain:

You'll need: Ammonia.

What to do: Wash the garment in warm water containing a little ammonia (follow wash dilution instructions on product packaging).

Warning: Be careful using ammonia. Follow all safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.

 

Beetroot stain:

You'll need: Bread.

What to do: Place a slice of bread soaked in cold water over the stain (fresh is best - the stain, not the bread - an old beetroot stain is almost impossible to remove by any means). Allow the bread to absorb the stain, then wash item as usual.

 

Bird dropping stain:

You'll need: Laundry detergent, ammonia.

What to do: If the dropping is a fresh one, wash off with water as quickly as possible and wash item as usual. If the dropping is dry, scrape it off as much as possible. Remove the remaining stain by dabbing with laundry detergent mixed with a little ammonia. Rinse off with fresh water, then wash item as usual.

Warning: Be careful using ammonia. Follow all safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.

Remove stain or shiny area on suede:

You'll need: White vinegar and a cloth. Afterwards, maybe some find sandpaper and a pot of boiling water.

What to do: Dip the cloth in white vinegar and dab or rub very gently until the stain is gone. If the suede looks flat and shiny when dry, rub it very lightly with fine sandpaper. Hold the area over boiling water so that the rising steam raises the nap on the suede surface. Finally, brush the area (in one direction only) with a soft brush. Allow to dry completely.

Warning: Be careful using boiling water. Follow all common-sense safety guidelines and keep away from children.


Remove shiny areas on suits or trousers:

You'll need: Ammonia, warm water, sponge and a cloth. Maybe some strained cold tea.

What to do: Mix 1 teaspoon of ammonia into 2.5 cups (625 ml) of warm water. Dip your sponge into the solution, and sponge well into the shiny areas on your suit or trousers. Dampen your cloth, place it over the shiny area of fabric, and iron the area.

Warning: Be careful using ammonia. Follow all safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.


Sunscreen lotion stain:

You'll need: Borax, hot water, a cloth. Maybe some laundry detergent.

What to do: Dilute the borax in hot water. Dampen the cloth with the borax solution and dab it on the stain. If you need to, follow-up by dabbing some laundry detergent on the stain area.

Warning: Be careful using borax. Follow all safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.


Remove superglue from fabric:

You'll need: Acetone or nail polish remover...and speed!

What to do: You must act quickly! Rub with a cloth dipped in acetone or nail polish remover. If the glue is set, you can try this fix but it will take lots of dabbing and rubbing and still might not work.

Warning: Be careful using acetone or nail polish remover. Follow all usual safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.


Remove tar from cotton or linen:

You'll need: Butter, hydrochloric acid, petrol, plenty of rags.

What to do: Spread a bit of butter over the stained area. Make a pad from rags and stretch the fabric over it. Moisten a cloth with hydrochloric acid and rub around the stain until it is absorbed by the pad underneath. Wash the area of with petrol. Wash the fabric in laundry detergent as usual.

Warning: Be careful using hydrochloric acid and petrol. Follow all usual safety guidelines on packaging and keep away from children.


Tea stain on cotton or linen:

You'll need: Boiling water, saucepan or similar. Maybe some borax if the stain is old.

What to do: Make sure that the fabric can withstand boiling water first! If so, spread the fabric over a saucepan or similar. From a height of about one metre, pour boiling water through the stained area. When the stain is removed, wash the fabric as usual. This works really well for fresh stains. If the stain is old, soak it in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of borax to 2.5 cups (625ml) of water. Leave on for 15 minutes, then wash as usual.

Warning: Be careful using borax and boiling water. Follow all usual safety guidelines and keep away from children.


Tea stain on wool:

You'll need: An egg yolk, glycerine, wool-wash detergent.

What to do: Mix 1 teaspoon of glycerine in with the egg yolk. Spread the mixture over the stain and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash using wool-wash laundry detergent and dry as usual.

Warning: Be careful using borax and boiling water. Follow all usual safety guidelines and keep away from children.