All about Solvents for Stain Removal

Remove Stains Using Solvents For Every Fabric

In order to really work at that stain and have the best chance of getting it out before it sets in you will need to use the right solvent. There are several solvents that are good for getting out stains. Here is a guide to knowing which one to use for which fabric.

 

Stain Removing Solvents

When treating stains there is a delicate balance between choosing the strongest solvent for getting out the stain and not damaging the fabric further by using something that is too harsh. Be sure to check the label on any garment before treating it to be sure that your methods are safe.

 
· Water – water can be safely used on anything. Always use cold water when treating a stain.

 
· Salt – using salt on top of a stain that has been treated with water will give stain something else to bind on to instead of binding into the fabric. Salt works great on sweat stains and ring around the collar. It is also highly effective at getting out blood stains and red wine.

 
· Detergent – detergents work great on grease, chocolate, gravy, and sauce stains. If you are not near a laundry room to use laundry detergent you can use dish soap instead but be sure to rinse the garment out good after as dish soap is harsher than detergent.

 
· Vinegar and Lemon Juice – acids are effective in getting out stains made from tea, grass, coffee, glue and tape. Vinegar, in particular, will help get out mildew smells. Neither of these should be used on wool.

 
· Glycerin – glycerin is all natural and works well on ink stains and dye. It is a good option for delicate fabrics such as silk.

 
· Digestants or Enzyme Cleaners – these are used on pet stains or other things that have a strong odor such as blood and egg yolks. This solvent works by feeding off the protein in the stain so never use this on wool or silk which are both protein based fabrics.

 
· Oxidizing Bleaches – this type of cleaner works good on grass stains and make-up stains. It does not work on grease. One example of an oxidizing bleach is hydrogen peroxide. Do not use this with delicate fabrics such as silk and wool. If you handle too much hydrogen peroxide it will turn your fingers white where they were exposed to the product so be careful when using it. You may find that you need to dilute this with some water to make it not so strong.

 
· Mineral Spirits – this works well on heavy greasy stains such as what you get from asphalt or tar. Do not use with delicate fabrics.

 
· Chlorine Bleach – This must be used carefully and properly. Always check the label to make sure you can use bleach or you will ruin your clothing.
Always wet the fabric gently and thoroughly with water before applying any solvents for treatment. You may need to treat the fabric more than once to get tough stains out. Armed with this knowledge, and some patience and perseverance you will be able to get those tough stains out successfully in the future.

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