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Safe Way to Get Rid From the Mildewed On the Leather and Paint Stains

Aug 17, 2007
Mildewed can grow anywhere, even on the leather surface. But mildewed on the leather needs more attention than on the cloth. Here are some tips to get rid of the mildewed on the leather and removing the paint stains. Fruit stains are sometimes difficult to be cleaned. But try these tips, it will give you some ideas on how to get rid from the fruit stains.

MILDEWED LEATHER. Wipe with the alcohol and water mixture, dry it, and if necessary wash the leather with a cloth or sponge well wrung out of mild soapsuds, or with saddle soap. Dry it outside afterwards, or in an airy place, or with an electric fan. Shoes and luggage can be waxed for protection, but don't use wax on leather furniture because clothing will adhere to it.

PAINT, VARNISH, AND LACQUER STAINS should be treated immediately; once these substances harden they are practically impossible to remove from cloth. Water-mixed paints, and even oil paints and varnishes, can often be washed out with hot water and a strong detergent if they are very fresh. If the stain has hardened, soak it thoroughly with turpentine or other solvent, or rub it with lard or vaseline, and let it stand until the spot has softened.

ANOTHER METHOD FOR PAINT is to sponge the stain with pure turpentine or to wash the stained article with it. Mixing the turpentine half-and-half with ammonia is sometimes very good. Rinse with pure turpentine.

PAINT AND VARNISH SOLVENTS. Paint spots can be treated with the solvent used for the paint. If instructions say to thin the paint with turpentine, that will be the appropriate solvent. For alcohol paints you would select alcohol, and so on.

A GOOD PAINT-REMOVER recommended by the Department of Agriculture which you can mix yourself and keep on hand, is made of equal parts of benzene, carbon tetrachlo-ride and amyl acetate (banana oil). This is worth considering if you have child hobbyists in the model-making field.

GLUE AND MUCILAGE. And while we are among the paints and varnishes, which suggest refurbishing and repairs, let us note that a long soak in cold water is the antidote for casein glue. For ordinary glue and mucilage, soak the spot in warm water and if it refuses to yield, boil the stained article, provided of course that it will stand such treatment Also recommended for glue and mucilage are 10 per cent acetic acid or white vinegar. Sponge first with water, then with the acid, and rinse.

FOR FRUIT AND BERRY STAINS, the newest instructions from government home economics experts are as follows for the whole range of washable fabrics: hold the stained fabric under cool water and rub the cloth gently to loosen the stain and rinse away solid particles. Let the stained article soak overnight in plain cool water, then rub the stain with synthetic detergent and launder it as usual. If a trace remains, use a mild bleach. Avoid household bleach if you think the material may have a wrinkleproof resin finish. Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate instead, diluted with water. Dilute one part of peroxide with eight parts of water for white fabrics, or one teaspoonful of sodium perborate with one cup of water. Test colored fabrics in an inconspicuous place before using a bleach.

THE BOILING WATER METHOD is an alternative for all fruit and berry stains excepting cherry, peach, plum, and pear on cottons and linens. Stretch the stained fabric over a bowl, secure it with string or a rubber band, and pour boiling water onto it from a teakettle held two or three feet above the bowl. It may be necessary to repeat this operation a number of times to get rid of the stain. For peach, cherry, plum, and pear stains, use a liquid detergent, rubbing the material between your hands. Rinse, then wash.

FRUIT JUICES AND ACIDS ON RUGS. For fruit juices and other acid substances spilled on rugs, first blot up with a damp cloth as much as possible. Sponge several times with clear water. If a spot remains, sponge it lightly with a solution of one tablespoonful of ammonia or baking soda in a quart of water. This will neutralize the acid. Rinse afterwards with a cloth wrung out of clear water.

For the mildewed on the leather use the mixture of alcohol and water. Paint, varnish and lacquer stains has to be treated immediately. Use hot water and strong detergent for fresh stains. Paint spots can be treated with solvent.

You can use the acid to remove the stains from glue and mucilage. Berry stains sometimes can become a nightmare, dip the fabric under cool water and soak overnight. Use the synthetic detergent to wash it. Another method which you can try is by using boiling water.
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