Removing Polyurethane Stain Odor from Clothes?

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Polyurethane can be difficult to remove and leaves a strong odor. This is a page about removing polyurethane stain odor from clothes.


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April 12, 2017

My husband works in home construction and when they start staining woodwork his clothes smell terrible! The odor is so strong and it doesn't matter how much I wash them it doesn't budge. I don't know if anything will help since it's oil based stain, but we can't keep buying new clothes just for a dirty construction job. Please help.


April 13, 20170 found this helpful
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Polyurethane odor may not come out of some fabrics ever. I would suggest you buy painters coveralls for your husband to wear when he has this type of job to do and find a place to hang (outside/shed) until he needs them again or buy disposable clothing.


Here is something you can try:
Take a bucket of water mixed with ½ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda (or more). A mixture of baking soda and vinegar creates a foaming action that may cut/lift stains and smells. Rinse the clothes in clean water, then hang it outside to dry. Then wash as usual might work.
Here is a site that gives info on removing Formaldehyde from clothing and that may be just as bad as polyurethane.,14406

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April 12, 20170 found this helpful

your husband should be wearing something disposable over his clothes while he works-look at medical supply stores

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April 14, 20170 found this helpful

A vinegar rinse is good for removing odors.

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