How to Remove Tippex Stains

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How to Remove Tippex Stains
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Tipp-Ex correction fluid can be a lifesaver when removing an unwanted word. It also stains things with incredible ease. Unfortunately, removing correction fluid stains can be a bit of a trial. Don't despair; you can salvage your clothing and carpeting with just a few simple steps.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pre-treating fluid
  • Washing powder
  • Paper towels or cloth

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Allow the Tipp-Ex to dry. Try and scrape it off. Depending on how old the stain is, and the material it stained, this may get the worst of it.

  2. 2

    Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain and blot it out using a paper towel or cloth. Do this on carpeting or laundry. Test a small section of the material for colour fastness. Once the stain has been removed, rinse with water.

  3. 3

    Use a pretreating fluid on the stain and leave it to set. Washing powder also works if that's all you have on hand. Alternately, soak the garment in bleach if its chlorine-safe.

  4. 4

    Wash the pretreated, stained fabric in the washing machine, as you normally would.

  5. 5

    Take the garment to the dry cleaner's if all attempts to remove the Tipp-Ex are unsuccessful.

Tips and warnings

  • The sooner you treat the stain, the easier it will be to remove.

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