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MP663, Reviewed June 2009

Stain Removal From Washable Fabrics

Greasy, non-food stains

To remove greasy, non-food stains

  1. Rub area with ice and scrape with side of dull knife. Proceed as below.
  2. Typewriter correction fluid: Let satin dry thoroughly. Brush to remove excess material. Sponge back with thinner designated on bottle. Repeat until stain disappears. Launder or send to professional dry cleaner. For Liquid Paper® stain do not use Liquid Paper Thinner. Blot excess fluid to remove. Allow to dry completely. Brush. Use a pre-wash and stain remover or alcohol. Rinse. Rub concentrated liquid detergent into the stain, soak, and rub until removed. Repeat as necessary.
  3. For a washer- or dryer-load of crayon-stained clothes, see Section 5 — Special problem stains.
  4. Epoxy glue may be impossible to remove. Dry cleaning solvent may cause it to swell so that it can be removed by scraping.
  5. See also, Section 5 — Special problem stains, dye stains.
  6. Severely smoke-stained articles should be professionally dry cleaned. For smaller stains, flush with dry cleaning solvent, allow to dry and launder. See MU publication GH145, After the Fire is Out: Cleaning Household Textiles and Clothing, for detailed information on removing smoke odor.
  7. Soot and smoke odor resulting from a fire is best dealt with by a professional restorer. Do not touch or attempt to clean any household textiles unless you know the proper procedures. Improper cleaning actions will only smear soot into the fabric making the job more difficult. Some soot can be removed by holding a vacuum cleaner nozzle slightly off the surface of the item to be cleaned. Smoke odor is best removed with a process called ozone treatment. See MU publication GH145, After the Fire is Out: Cleaning Household Textiles and Clothing, for detailed information on removing soot.

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