Tips for Removing

TIPS FOR REMOVING VARNISH STAINS: Paints & varnish today are mixed with a variety of solvents and your clue to the one that may be best for your particular stain lies in the manufacturer's directions for thinning the paint. For turpentine paints, use turpentine* as a solvent. Alcohol* will remove most stains caused by shellac. (Dilute with two parts of water for acetate; test colors first.)

Oil paint and varnish stains can be removed quite readily while they are fresh, but are almost impossible to remove if the paint has dried and hardened.

Very fresh paint stains on washable materials can often be removed by prompt attention. Work a liquid detergent into the stain, rinse with water and dry.

If the stain is only partially removed, or has dried, sponge it repeatedly with turpentine or other solvent until as much as possible of the paint or varnish has been removed. Then while the stain is still wet with the solvent, work liquid detergent into it thoroughly, place a sponged, soaked with hot water, and let it remain overnight. Careful rinsing after the treatment will remove most paint stains. If not, repeat the treatment.

Many paints today can be cleaned up with water and, if the stain is taken care of immediately, most of it can be removed with a cleaning fluid and water. Return to Spot Removal Guide

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*NOTE: Some products like hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, bleach, acetone, turpentine or alcohol can actually bleach or change the color in some fabrics. Read the WARNING notice below and proceed with caution.
 WARNING: Before making any attempts to remove spots, always test fabric for colorfastness first by applying a small amount of the cleaning solution or chemical on a hidden or unnoticeable area. The tips listed here are not guaranteed to work with every carpet or upholstered item. When using any chemical or liquid on fabric you should PROCEED WITH CAUTION. If you are unsure as to how your carpet or upholstery might be affected you should call a professional cleaning technician in your area.


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