Help With Stains – Part Three!

This week covers the rest of the stain offenders: chalk, powder paints, printing ink, poster paint, PVA glue, face paints and, the worst offender of all, permanent marker!

Surface Products Method
Washable fabrics and woollens Stiff brush, powdered detergent, white spirit, water, cloth, paper towel Brush as much loose chalk away as possible by gently rubbing the area. If that fails, use warm water and powdered detergent on a cloth. Finally, test first and use white spirit on the area with a paper towel.
Unpainted walls, brick, masonry and marble Powdered detergent, water, cloth, stiff brush Use a stiff brush to clean the area first. Then remove any remaining chalk marks with a paste of powdered detergent and water applied with a stiff brush to the area.
Wallpaper Liquid detergent, dry cloth, soft eraser Gently rub the stained area with a dry cloth. If the wallpaper is washable, use a liquid detergent to remove any chalk remaining. Use an eraser on non-washable wallpaper.
Vinyl floors and other surfaces Powdered detergent, water, cloth Rub the affected area with a damp cloth dipped in powdered cleaner. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.

Powder paints, printing ink, poster paint:

Painted, varnished or lacquered walls and woodwork Powdered detergent, water, cloth Use a damp cloth to mop up and remove any excess product. If the stain still remains apply powdered detergent with a damp cloth, rinse well with warm water.
White washable fabrics Stiff brush, liquid or powdered detergent, bleach, cloth, water Allow the marks to dry as this will allow you to brush off the excess product. Then wash in liquid or powdered detergent to remove the remaining product. If the stain remains use a mild bleach solution applied with a damp cloth. Rinse the area well.
PVA glue:
Fabrics Liquid detergent, water Do not allow the glue to dry. Immerse the affected area in warm water with liquid detergent and allow to soak for a few minutes. Remove by rubbing the affected area gently. Do not machine wash the fabric until the stain is fully removed.

Face Paints:

Clothing and fabrics Liquid detergent, cold water, cloth Soak the stained area in cold water and liquid detergent, rub fabric gently to remove excess product before washing as normal.
Permanent markers:
Fabrics Paper towels, water, white vinegar, liquid detergent, cloth Blot the area with paper towels to remove as much marker as possible. Remove any remaining marker with a mixture of one tablespoon of liquid detergent, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of cool water, apply with a cloth and rub the area gently. Rinse thoroughly.

So, I hope that’s covered most of the possibilities for staining. If you can think of any I’ve missed, please do let me know or leave a comment.

Prevention is better than cure!

Of course, the best way to prevent stains is to protect the area with an appropriate covering. So, you can use splash mats and plastic cover-alls to protect surfaces and smocks and aprons to cover clothes.

And, don’t forget, we have paper towels and rubber gloves for clearing up those messy spills.

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