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Stained Fabric to Perfection!


As a volunteer at a thrift store, I have a first look at many of the donations that are brought to the store. One was this large, bed cover in great condition, but was covered in ball point ink stains.
What to do? It wouldn’t sell in it’s current condition. I volunteered to take it home to see what I could do with it.
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
- On the largest of the ink stains I poured 91% rubbing alcohol on the spot & blotted until the stain was dispersed but not gone. I used paper towels under the spot to absorb the ink & blotted with another paper towel changing when they were covered with stain.
- On the smaller stains, I put rubbing alcohol into a small spray bottle & sprayed each stain.
- All stains received a small amount of Dawn Dishing Washing liquid which I gently rubbed into the spot.
- The entire thing went into the wash with another small squeeze of Dawn with white vinegar poured into the “bleach” & “softener” compartments. The vinegar is not necessary, but I use it in every cycle to help keep my front loader free from odors.
After washing & examining the coverlet, I found all the spots that were treated came out!
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
Paper towels with ink transfer.
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
The Dawn Dishwashing liquid gently worked into the stain.
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
The ink starts to break up. Notice how the ink has transferred to the paper towel.
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
As the ink spreads, it will look much worse than when you started.
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
before
how to clean stained fabric, cleaning tips, reupholster
after
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  • Susana Dodds
    on Mar 22, 2017

    any idea of how to take rust stains from clothes ???

    • Rosaine Vasquez
      on May 6, 2017

      I have had success with wetting the rust stain with lemon juice then sprinkling with salt. Place item out in sunshine for awhile. My question is, how did the rust stain get there in the first place?

  • Lesley
    on Apr 20, 2017

    Hey can i use fairy washing up liquid ibstead of dawn?

  • Anne
    on Jul 3, 2017

    How do I get grease stains out of clothing?

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