Thursday, November 17, 2011
800 Ways to Save & Serve: "How 2 Take Out Spots & Stains"
(Caution: In the long run, there is only one safe rule to follow when removing spots and stains from non-washable materials. Take them to a reliable dry-cleaner. The special solvents and cleansing agents needed make it impractical to attempt the job at home).
ADHESIVE TAPE MARKS
As a rule, these come off easily with a few dabs of non-flammable cleaning fluid.
ALCOHOL PAINTS AND STAINS
Sponge with turpentine; launder.
Lady MacBeth never knew that blood stains could be easily removed by soaking in plain cold water, then washing. If stain remains, soak in ammonia water (1 1/2 tablespoons ammonia to one gallon of water); then wash.
Hold a piece of ice directly under the stuck-to part. This freezes the gum, which can then be picked off easily. Sponge with non-flammable cleaning fluid.
COLD LIVER OIL
Sponge with non-flammable cleaning fluid; then launder. If stain remains, use chlorine bleach, unless color of fabric is affected by bleach.
Fresh Stains: Stretch stained fabric over a bowl; fasten taut. Pour boiling water on the stain from a height of two to three feet.
Old Stains: Use chlorine bleach, unless color of fabric is affected by the bleach. Test first on a little swatch taken from an inconspicuous part of the article.
FRESH FRUIT STAINS
Can usually be eliminated by pouring boiling water through the garment from a height of two to three feet. First stretch the stained portion taut over a bowl and secure with string or elastic band.
If material is washable, soak in warm water and boil if necessary. For other materials sponging with white vinegar is effective, unless vinegar attacks color.
Rub vigorously with heavy suds. Remaining stains maybe treated with chlorine bleach, if color of fabric is not affected by bleach.
Scrape off excess. Sponge with non-flammable cleaning fluid and launder.
INDELIBLE PENCIL MARKS
Try Chlorine bleach, unless color of fabric is affected by bleach.
(NOTE: Some types do not respond to household treatment).
1. While moist, spread with dry cleaning powder; brush off; repeat until no more ink is taken off.
2. Wash in warm soapsuds.
3. Soak 1-2 days in milk; wash.
More to follow tomorrow!!!!!!