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How to Remove Dirt and Mud Stains


Non-washable Fibers

Learn how to remove dirt and mud stains from Acetate, Burlap, Fiberglass, Rayon, Rope, Silk, Triacetate, Wool:

  • Let mud dry, then brush (the method of using a stiff-bristled brush to sweep staining material up onto a piece of paper) off the excess.
  • This should remove the stain, but if any remains sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes, moving outward from the center of the stain) the area with water and apply a few drops wet spotter and a few drops white vinegar.
  • Cover with an absorbent pad dampened with wet spotter. Let stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Keep stain and pad moist with wet spotter and vinegar.
  • Flush (the method of applying stain remover to­ loosen staining material and residue from stain removers) with water and repeat wet spotter/flushing until no more stain is removed.
  • If stain remains, apply rubbing alcohol to the area and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with alcohol. (Do not use alcohol on acetate, rayon, or triacetate.)
  • Let the pad stand as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Keep the stain and pad moist with alcohol.
  • If stain persists, moisten the area with an enzyme presoak (follow directions on label; caution, some enzyme presoaks are not designed for use on silk or wool.)
  • Cover with a clean pad that has been dipped in the solution and wrung almost dry. Let it stand for 30 minutes.
  • Add enough solution to keep the area warm and just moist.
  • When no more stain is being lifted, flush thoroughly with water and allow to dry.

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