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Wood staining products can be difficult to remove from clothes such as its impossible to remove other stains. The stain that has gone through the fabric and has completely soaked the fibers of your clothes may not work well with any cleaning agent and it may be too late to salvage clothes this way. But you can remove small spills, dots and drips on clothes as long as these happened very recently.
Removing wood stains from washable clothes
You’ll have the best results if you work on the problem quickly. These simple tricks may be helpful as long as the stains are new and cover a very small area.
Things you will need
- Clothes stained with wood stains
- Mineral spirits
- Detergent soap and water
- Home dry cleaning kit (optional)
- Stain Remover
Using mineral spirits
Use mineral spirits to remove wood stains. Test it first on an inside seam because mineral spirits can change the color of the fabric. When it tests OK, you may start applying at the outside edge of the stain and work toward the center to avoid spreading the stain. Work on a small area at a time and when you are done. move to clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred from the fabric. Wash the item by checking the fabric guideline on how to wash it.
Check the stained area after washing. If you still see stains, do not dry at a high heat. Repeat the stain removal steps using mineral spirits. If the stain has not disappeared after a second treatment, this may likely be permanent.
Removing wood stain from dry-clean-only clothes
If your clothes are labeled dry clean only, take it to your dry cleaner for professional cleaning. Point out the stain to help your cleaner choose the right treatment. You can also use a home drying cleaning kit. Treat the stain with mineral spirits or the stain remover provided by the kit before putting the garment inside the dryer bag. If the stain/stains have not disappeared then these may already be permanent.
How to remove wooden stains in carpets and other fabrics
If the wood stain spill is large and soaked through the carpet fibers to the backing and the padding of the carpet then you might want to have this professionally cleaned. If the stain is small or the stain is just a small bit then there is still a chance to make repairs. If the stain is fresh, use a paper towel or white cloth to blot up as much moisture as you can remove. Keep moving to a clean area of the towel to avoid additional staining.
Using dishwashing detergent
Use one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 1/4 cup household ammonia with two cups warm water. Mix this well and use a clean dry cloth or sponge to apply this to the stain. Move from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to prevent spreading and worsening the stain. Keep blotting until you won’t find any color that has transferred to the clean cloth.
Dip a clean white cloth in water to rinse the carpet. Repeat rinsing the carpet several times because leaving the cleaning solution in the fibers can attract dirt and soil. Let the carpet completely dry and once it is, vacuum to lift the fibers. If paint color has remained on a light-colored carpet, use 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of warm water to remove it. Use a cotton swab or eye dropper to apply the solution to the stain. Let this remain on the carpet for 30 minutes and then blot away.
How to remove the wood stain from upholstery
You can apply the same cleaning techniques and solutions for carpet cleaning. Never over wet the upholstery because this can damage and affect the filling inside the upholstery fabric. If you get a wood stain on silk or on vintage upholstery contact a professional cleaner. You might end up causing more damage if you remove this kind of stains on valuable furniture for the first time.
Wood stains on clothes may be removed if the stain is new and if the stained area is small. But for large areas and for stains that have drenched the fabric fibers, it could be impossible to salvage clothing as well as carpets and upholstery. Therefore, you need to act fast.