How to Remove Red Dye Stains

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Washable Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove red dye stains from washable fabrics such as Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester and Spandex:

  • Soak the item in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent, and 1 tablespoon ammonia for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse well.

If stain persists:

  • Soak in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 1 hour. Use white vinegar with care on cotton and linen.
  • Rinse well with water and allow to dry.

If stain is set:

  • Try applying rubbing alcohol to the area and tamping (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials).
  • As stain loosens, blot liquid and stain with absorbent pad.
  • Keep both the stain and pad moist with alcohol and change pad as it picks up stain.
  • Allow to dry.

As a last resort for any remaining traces of stain:

  • Mix a color remover according to package directions and apply to stain.
  • After testing on a hidden place, flush the solution through the stain.
  • Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry thoroughly.