How to Get a Tipp-Ex Stain Out

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How to Get a Tipp-Ex Stain Out
You can remove correction fluid stains with chlorine bleach and pretreatment fluid. (Paul Tearle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Spilling Tipp-Ex, or any other correction fluid, on your favourite garment will usually cause a bright white stain. There are different types of ingredients used by manufacturers to make correction fluid. Stains caused by water-based correction fluid are usually easier to remove than stains caused by fluid containing an organic solvent. While no stain-removal method is ever guaranteed to work, you can try to save your garment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Coin
  • Pretreatment stain remover
  • Chlorine bleach

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  1. 1

    Let the correction fluid dry on the fabric. A dry stain is easier to remove and reduces the risk of spreading.

  2. 2

    Rub the edge of a coin on the stain to remove as much dried correction fluid as you can.

  3. 3

    Pour or spray pretreatment stain remover on the stain. While a stain remover in liquid form may work, a pretreatment stain remover in aerosol form usually gives better results for this type of stain.

  4. 4

    Soak the stain in chlorine bleach if the stain remains. Only perform this step on white garments, as it may discolour coloured fabrics.

  5. 5

    Bring your garment to a dry cleaner if the stain is still visible. Tell your dry cleaner that a solvent-based paint caused the stain so an appropriate stain remover can be applied.

Tips and warnings

  • Let the stain dry, but don't wait too long. Old correction fluid stains tend to be more difficult to remove.

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