How to get wood stain out of clothes

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How to get wood stain out of clothes
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Wood stain is a particularly stubborn substance to remove from fabric, as the dye is absorbed quickly by the fibres. There are two types of wood stain --- oil-based and water-based --- and the agent of removal differs for each. For oil-based stains, use white spirit. For water-based stains, use acetone. The following removal method, however, is applicable to both types of stains/solvents.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White spirit
  • Acetone
  • 2 white cloths

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  1. 1

    Take the stained clothing off immediately to begin the removal process. The key to successfully removing any stain is to not give it a chance to set.

  2. 2

    Blot the stain gently with a white cloth to remove any excess liquid. Blot from the outer edges of the stain inward to avoid further spreading the stain. Do not rub.

  3. 3

    Dip the second white cloth into the white spirit or acetone (depending on the type of stain), then blot the stain with heavy pressure, working from the outside in.

  4. 4

    Continue blotting for 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. 5

    Wash your clothing as normal. Hang dry. Do not put the garment in the dryer.

Tips and warnings

  • Many dry cleaners have special combination solvents that may also help remove wood stain. If the above method does not work, take your garment to your local dry cleaner.
  • In future, always wear clothing you don't care about when staining your furniture and floors.
  • Acetone can damage clothing. Avoid using it on delicate fabrics. If unsure, test the acetone on a hidden part of the garment.

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