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How to Remove Stains From Tweed

Updated February 21, 2017

Tweed, a fabric made out of wool and woven into a slightly rough texture, has many applications, including clothing and upholstery. Because wool tweed contains lanolin, it is also naturally resistant to stains and odours. Of course, even tweed is not entirely immune to everyday dirt and grime. In order to maintain the classic look and natural beauty of your tweed, you will need to clean it from time to time.

Soak up the spill or stain immediately with a clean terry cloth. Gently dab at the stain. Do not rub the stain because it will only cause the stain to become more deeply embedded within the tweed. If the liquid spilt on your tweed is thick, such as candle wax or mud, you may allow it dry before removing it. After it dries, simply scrape it off with your fingers and/or a soft brush.

Vacuum the tweed to the remove any loose dirt or dust. Connect the brush attachment to the hose of the vacuum and go over the entire surface of the tweed.

Mix mild dish or washing powder into a bucket of warm water. Use only enough detergent to create a layer of foam or suds atop the water.

Moisten the sponge or soft brush in warm water and dip into the soapy foam. Apply the detergent to a small, inconspicuous area on the tweed. If the soap does not discolour the tweed, you may proceed. Again, moisten the sponge or brush and dip it into the suds. Lightly scrub the tweed, focusing on any stained areas. Do not allow the tweed to get excessively wet.

Continue scrubbing lightly with the sponge or brush until the tweed is entirely clean. Allow the material to air dry completely.

Tip

If the stain does not come out with a mild detergent, you may need to take the tweed to purchase a stronger upholstery shampoo or solvent. Again, if you use an upholstery shampoo or solvent, be sure to test it on an inconspicuous area first. If you're dealing with tweed cushion covers or upholstery, do not remove it from the furniture or cushion material in order to clean it. Removing the covers may distort the tweed's size and colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean terry cloths
  • Vacuum and brush attachment
  • Bucket
  • Sponge or soft brush
  • Mild dish or washing powder
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Arthur Barnhouse has written numerous short stories, contributed content to various websites and was an invited speaker at a university symposium on creative writing. He began writing in 2002 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. Barnhouse has driven across the United States numerous times and draws upon his travel experiences in his writing.