You may need some tips for ashes stain removal, and want to know more about how to remove ash stains if you get ashes on yourself at a campfire, for example, or from candle wicks, cigarettes, or anything else that can burn.
The stains caused by ash can be quite dark, and spread easily if they are rubbed. Therefore, one of the most important things to remember about removing an ash stain is to rub as little as possible, because that will spread the stain further.
Instead or rubbing, blotting is much more effective.
Below are instructions for how to remove ash stains from fabric, clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Ashes Stain Removal From Fabric And Clothing
Step 1: Shake off any excess ashes from the fabric, being careful not to spread the stain further or grind the ashes into the fabric.
Step 2: Run the fabric, inside out, under cold water to flush out as much of the ash as possible.
Step 3: Pretreat the stain with a laundry stain remover.
Step 4: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the ash stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
Step 5: If these steps do not work you can next try sponging the ash stained area with rubbing alcohol to remove the stain. Then, launder as normal.
How To Remove Ash Stains From Upholstery
Step 1: Brush off any excess ashes from the upholstery, being careful not to spread the stain further or grind the ashes into the upholstery.
Hint: You can also use a vacuum cleaner to help remove the ashes before you begin. For full instructions, see below in the carpet stain removal section.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the stain from the ashes with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot at the solution until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the ashes stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: Now that the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain for this ashes stain removal technique.
In the alternative for removing ashes stains from upholstery, instead of using the dishwashing solution you can use dry cleaning solvent.
You can also get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
Removing Ashes Stains From Carpet
For ashes stain removal from carpet use the dry cleaning solvent suggested above for upholstery.
Prior to using the dry cleaning solvent, however, vacuum up as much of the ashes as possible from the carpet.
If the ashes are damp you can absorb some of the liquid by sprinkling them before vacuuming with cornstarch or baking soda.
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