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Ways to Remove the Tough Scorch Stains

Aug 17, 2007
Some scorch stains are also very tough and difficult to remove. But there are ways that this scorch can be removed or shading the appearance.

Many times we are facing problems with the unfast dyes on fabrics and mildew on the furniture or clothing. There are some solutions which you can try from this article.

STAINS MADE BY CARBON PAPER usually wash out in good stiff suds. If the material will not wash, sponge the stain with alcohol or diluted alcohol and rinse by sponging it with cool water.
Sad as it may seem, some clothing is stained right in the laundry, scorch, for instance.

LIGHT SCORCH STAINS usually can be removed from cotton and linen materials by rewashing them and leaving them in the sun for one or two days, or they can be treated with household bleach. For white washable materials this method is often effective: dampen a wet cloth with hydrogen peroxide and cover the stain with it. Place over this a dry cloth and press with a medium warm iron. If the peroxide soaks through the top cloth, replace it immediately with another dry cloth to avoid getting an iron rust stain. It may be necessary to repeat this treatment several times. Rinse the article thoroughly afterwards. Another method is to sponge the stain with hydrogen peroxide containing a little sodium perborate, then rinse.

SEVERE SCORCH STAINS on linens and cottons damage the fibers and cannot be removed. This is also true of silks, but the appearance of woolens can sometimes be helped by brushing the marks with emery cloth.

BLUING STREAKS AND OVERBLUING usually can be corrected by prompt rewasbing with plenty of soap or detergent. Sometimes just a cold water rinse will do the job.

POORLY RINSED MATERIALS, washed with soap, sometimes develop a stain during ironing which looks like scorch or iron rust. Rewasbing and thorough rinsing usually remove these stains. But put them in the sun after relaundering if you can.

UNFAST DYES. For stains caused by running dyes first try water and sunlight. Just rinse the stains with cold or lukewarm water, or soak the stained material for ten to twelve hours, then wash it and put it in the sun. If the stain refuses to depart, try a bleach: dye stripper, according to the directions on the package; household bleach for white cottons, linens, and synthetic materials without special finishes; hydrogen peroxide plus a few drops of ammonia; or a little sodium perborate for any material. But for colored material, test these bleaches first.

MILDEW will occur on damp towels and clothing if they are placed in a hamper wet, or allowed to sit around the laundry too long after they have been dampened for ironing. Mildew is a mold. It grows on damp fabrics, leather, and even wood, and eventually destroys them if it is allowed to remain.

SOAP AND WATER WILL REMOVE MILDEW from washable materials if the growth is fresh. Drying in the sun helps kill any traces of mold. If the stains are old, you will have to use a bleach. Sometimes lemon juice and salt will do the work. Squeeze lemon juice onto the stain, sprinkle it with salt, and put it in the sun. Or use household bleach for cottons, linens, and synthetics without resin finishes. Sodium perborate is safe for all materials. Soak the stained article in a solution made by adding four tablespoonfuls of sodium perborate powder to a pint of water, or dampen the stain and sprinkle the powder directly onto it. Rinse with clear water.

MILDEW ON FURNITURE. Upholstered chairs, mattresses, and leather articles that have become infested with mildew should be taken outdoors and brushed so that the mold will not be spread through the house. The upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner wil help get it out of cloth. Follow this dusting with a thorough airing in the sun to stop the growth of the mold. Sometimes a light sponging with detergent suds or upholstery shampoo helps. Rinse afterwards with clear water. Or sponge the stains with a half-and-half solution of water and alcohol. Dry carefully after either treatment. Indoors, an electric fan will speed the drying.

Light scorch stains usually can be removed from cotton and linen materials by rewashing them and leaving them in the sun for one or two days, while the scorch stains on lines and cottons which cannot be removed can be shading by brushing the marks with emery cloth.

For the unfast dyes, try to rinse or soak the cloth in the cold or lukewarm water and put it under the sun. Make sure that all the clothes are dry before folding them and put them in the shelves. Mildew can be removed by drying in the sun, or use a bleach if the stains are old. For mildew on the furniture, can be brushed off outdoors.
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