WOO - HOUSEHOLD

Useful tips for the home & simple money saving ideas

THE VILLAGE SURVIVAL GUIDE

Creating community groups and arranging events in villages and small towns is a great way to save money, sometimes things such as insurance can be obtained when two or more people request it.

It can also reduce isolation and lonliness by bringing people together!

The Village Survival Guide is a great resource for those planning to create a community group.

STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE

WARNING

Woo has collated various stain removal ideas, many of these were provided by Biotex.

Woo or Biotex cannot be held responsible for damage to items caused by these recommendations. 


IT IS ALWAYS ADVISABLE TO TEST ON A HIDDEN PART BEFORE CONTINUING!

Before applying the cleaner to the who garmet of object, test it first on a similar cloth or a small area which is not normally visible such as on the inside.


What stain do you wish to remove ?

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

ADHESIVES

CLEAR GLUES:  For washable fabrics, carpets and furnishings, sponge with warm water before washing as normal.

CONTACT ADHESIVES:  Almost impossible to remove once it has hardened. Glue manufacturers may supply their own particular solvent.

CLEAR ADHESIVES:  For washable fabrics, carpets and furnishings, try non-oil based nail varnish remover on a pad of cotton wool [not acetate and triacetate, try white spirit].

EPOXY ADHESIVES:  For washable fabrics, carpets and furnishings, dab with methylated spirit before it sets.

ALCOHOL

For Beer, Wines and Spirits.

Washable Fabrics:  Soak new stains in Bio-Tex before washing. Old stains should be lubricated with Glycerine before soaking and washing. Difficult stains may need further soaking in diluted hydrogen peroxide.

Carpets & Furnishings: Sponge fresh stains with warm water. Blot well. Try methylated spirit on old stains.

B

BANANA

For wasshable fabrics, rinse immediately, dried stains are very difficult to remove from synthetic fabrics. Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For Dried or persistent stains, treat withdiluted hydrogen peroxide.

For carpets & furnishings, Sponge with clear warm water the blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water. For remaining marks use a carpet shampoo or dab carefully with dry cleaning fluid.  

BEETROOT

For washable fabrics:  Soak in Bio-tex before washing. Treat persistent stains with diluted hydogen peroxide.

For carpets & furnishings:  Sponge with water, then use a carpet shampoo or a dry cleraning fluid if the mark persists.

BLOOD

For washable fabrics:  Pre-treat with a Bio-tex stain remover or soak fresh stains in a cold solution of Bio-tex overnight, then wash.

For carpets & furnishings:  Sponge well with cold water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

BLOOD

An alternative is to soak fresh blood stains in Milk, then wash.

BOLOGNAISE

TREAT IMMEDIATELY!

For washable fabrics:  Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

For carpets & furnishings:  Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

C

CANDLE WAX

Washable Fabrics:  Scrape off surface wax. Place blotting paper on both sides of the stain and press with a warm iron. Spot with methylated spirits to remove any colour before washing.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Scrape off as much as possible then melt the remaining wax by pressing a warm iron over blotting paper. KEEP THE IRON AWAY FROM THE PILE, it might scratch or melt.

CHEWING GUM

Washable Fabrics, Carpets & Furnishings:  Freeze- harden the gum by rubbing with an ice-cube placed in a plastic bag so that it does not wet the fabric. Carefully break off the surface gum, then dab with dry cleaning solvent. Washable fabrics should then be washed as normal.

CHEWING GUM

Specialised aerosal freezing sprays are available to use to remove gum. But these can be very dangerous and cause Frostbite.

CHILLI STAINS

Washable Fabrics:  Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

CHOCOLATE

Washable Fabrics:  Soak in Bio-tex or pre-treat with a Bio-tex stain remover.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Scrape off excess. Use a carpet shampoo over the stained area.

COCOA OR COFFEE

Washable Fabrics:  Act quickly, Soak in Bio-tex before washing.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Sponge with clear warm water and blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

COLLAR & CUFF DIRT

Pre-treat before washing by rubbing in a Bio-tex solution. Or rub with a soap bar prior to washing.

COLOUR RUN

For washable fabrics (Whites only): Soak overnight in a colour run remover and whitener.

For mixed fabrics and colours, treat as for Dyes.

COSMETICS

COMBINATIONS OF WAX, OIL AND DYE.

Washable Fabrics:  Apply a Bio-tex stain remover, lubricate old stains with glycerine and leave for one hour before washing. If stains persist treat as for Dyes.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Being careful not to spread further, sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

MASCARA:  Sponge with clear warm water and methylated spirit. Rinse, then wash as normal.

LIPSTICK:      Dab with methylated spirit followed by a stain remover (soap) bar and water.

NAIL VARNISH:  Dab with non-oil based nail varnish remover. Heavy spills or certain fabrics sich as acetate or triacetate need to be professionally cleaned.

CRAYONS

Wipe off with a damp cloth. Try methylated spirit if the colour persists.

CREOSOTE / TAR

Washable Fabrics:  Scrape off surplus. Apply a grease solvent or Dry cleaning fluid on an absorbent pad. Wash thoroughly.

Non-washable fabrics should be cleaned professionally.

CURRY

Washable Fabrics:  Speed is essential, very difficult to remove if dried-in. Apply a Bio-tex stain remover before washing. If stain persists treat as for Dyes.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Sponge with clear warm water and blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

D

DAIRY PRODUCTS

Milk, Cream, Ice-cream, Yoghurt.

Washable fabrics:  Soak in Bio-tex before washing.

Carpets & Furnishings:  Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

DEODORANT

Washable fabrics:  Sponge with diluted hydrogen peroxide, rinse well, then appy a Bio-tex stain remover before washing normally. Build-up of aluminium or zinc salts may be impossible to remove.



DYE STAINS

Bird droppings, cocoa, coffee, cola, curry, fruit juice, food dyes, mustard, pollen, jam, spice stains, tea, tomato sauce, wine, vegetable / fruit stains.

Washable fabrics:  Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing normally.

Carpets & Furniture:  Try dabbing at the stain with methylated spirit.

E

EGG

Also Mayonnaise.

Washable fabrics:  Soak in Bio-tex overnight then wash normally.

Carpets & Furniture:  Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

F

FAT, OIL & GREASE

Washable fabrics: Soak in Bio-tex overnight or pre-treat with Biotex paste then wash with  Bio-tex stain remover.
Carpets & Furniture: Blot up any deposits, Apply a stain remover (soap) to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water and with carpet shampoo if necessary.

FABRIC CONDITIONER

Dampen the stain area and rub with a stain remover (soap) bar before washing.

FRUIT JUICE

Washable fabrics:  Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

Carpets & Furnishings:   Apply a stain remover (soap) to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

G

GLUE

See Adhesives

GRASS

Soak or pre-treat with a Bio-tex stain remover and then wash. Otherwise rub the marks with methylated spirit (Not acetate or triacetate fabrics) the sponge off with clean water.

GRAVY

WASHABLE FABRICS: Pre-treat with a Bio-tex stain remover or soak fresh stains in a solution of Bio-tex overnight, then wash normally.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS: Sponge with clean warm water, then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

GREYING WHITES

Soak overnight in a 'colour-run' remover and whitener, then wash normally. Use more detergent in subsequent washes and always wash whites separately.

H

I

ICE CREAM

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Soak in Bio-tex before normal washing.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge with clean warm water, then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

INK

Ballpoint, felt-tip, permanent ink.

WASHABLE FABRICS, CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Dab with methylated spirits on a cotton bud.

Washable Inks

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Twist the affected area to isolate it, then sponge under cold water before normal washing.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge the area to remove most of the ink. Treat with an upholstery spotting kit.

J

JAMS

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Fresh stains should wash out. Soak older stains in Bio-tex or try diluted hydrogen peroxide, followed by normal washing.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge with clean warm water, then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

K

L

M

MILDEW

MILDEW CAN CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE.

Avoid mildew by not leaving damp washing / towels in your laundry pile. Treat as for Dyes or  try a colour-run remover and whitener on white fabrics.

MILK

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Soak in Bio-tex before normal washing.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge with clean warm water, then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

MUD

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Brush dried mud from fabrics, then soak in Bio-tex before washing. Stubborn stains will need treating as for Dye stains.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Allow to dry, brush to loosen, then vacuum.

N

O

P

PAINT

DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED PAINTING - Dried paint marks of any kind are very difficult to remove.

Oil Based:  Dab with white spirit or Polyclens, then wash.

Emulsion:  Sponge with cold water, then wsh immediately.

Water Colours:  Spnge well with cold water, then wash.

PERFUME

WASHABLE FABRICS, CARPETS & FURNISHINGS: Sponge with cold water, apply a stain remover (soap) bar before washing.

PERSPIRATION / SWEAT

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Dab with a solution of white vinegar (15ml in 250ml water). Soak in Bio-tex before washing.

Perspiration sometimes affects fabric dyes and leaves a permanent mark.

PET STAINS

URINE & VOMIT

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Act Fast!  Soak fabrics in Bio-tex and then wash.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS: Use a carpet shampoo or pet stain remover to clean and deodorise. Blot the excess and sponge with clear clean water.

Q

R

RUST

WASHABLE FABRICS, CARPETS & FURNISHINGS: Rub with Lemon juice, cover with Salt and leave for an hour. Rinse and then wash. If stains remain, treat with a proprietary rust remover, read instructions carefully before using as it is not suitble for all fabrics.

S

SHOE POLISH

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Apply a Bio-tex stain remover, lubricate older stains with Glycerine, leave on for an hour before washing. If stain remains, treat as for Dyes.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS: Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

T

TEA

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Work Glycerine into the stain and leave for an hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge with warm water then blot dry. If marks remain apply a glycerine solution for one hour then rinse and use a carpet shampoo.

TOMATO SAUCE

WASHABLE FABRICS: Soak or pre-wash in Bio-tex. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Sponge with clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water.

U

UNKNOWN STAINS

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Try working glycerine into the stain, then soak in Bio-tex before washing.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Treat as for Upholstery below, taking great care not to over wet the fabric. Where possible test first on a hidden section or sample of the fabric.

UPHOLSTERY

Most stains on upholstery can be dealt with in the following way. Sponge with clean clear warm water then blot dry. Apply a stain remover (soap) bar to a damp cloth and work gently into the surface in the direction of the pile. Sponge off with clean water. DO NOT OVER-WET THE FABRIC. For remaining stains dab carefully with dry cleaning fluid. Always test on a hidden area first.

URINE / VOMIT

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Act Fast!  Soak fabrics in io-tex then wash.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Use a carpet shampoo or pet stain remover to clean and deodorise. Blot up excess and sponge with clean water.

V

W

WINES:  Red & White.

WASHABLE FABRICS:  Work glycerine into the stain and leave for one hour. Soak in Bio-tex before washing. For dried or persistent stains treat with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

CARPETS & FURNISHINGS:  Act Immediately!  Cover with Salt and renew the salt several times. Remove the salt and sponge the area with clean water.

X

Y

YELLOWING AND DISOLOURATION

WHITE FABRICS ONLY

Soak overnight in a colour-run remover and whitener. Then wash as normal.

Z