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Removing Stains From Wool Clothing

Because many wool clothing items are "dry clean only" we may be dismayed when they get a stain. Some stains can be removed easily at home if treated properly. This is a guide about removing stains from wool clothing.
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January 18, 20151 found this helpful

How do I remove ingrained black cuff stains from my favourite peach jumper/sweater please?

By Margaret

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January 23, 20150 found this helpful

A product called Totally Awesome is absolutely the best thing I have found to clean anything. If it wont remove it, nothing will. I get it at Dollar General or Dollar Tree. You must give this a try. You will see how wonderful it is. Hope this helps.

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November 16, 20160 found this helpful

How is this used full strength or diluted

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September 21, 2017

My son got blue ink on his green woollen school jumper. How can I get it out?

Thanks in advance and I would like to say I love this site it's always gotten me out of silly accidents

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January 5, 2005

I have 2 questions regarding Norweigan wool ski sweaters with stains. Both are very expensive sweaters with lots of colors. Both are hand washable. The first one I got cheap because it has a white background that has yellowed in one patch while sitting on the shelf in a store. (I thought sunlight faded things, but the grey pattern over the white is not effected.) There's also bright red wool on this sweater.

Any suggestions on how I can restore the wool to it's former snowy white without risking the grey or red pattern? The second sweater is an old favorite that got mustard on the sleeve. Nothing I've tried has gotten it out.; The main color on that sweater is grey. Can you get mustard out of wool?

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January 5, 20051 found this helpful

There is a product at my local Wilco store that is called Sublime. This stuff is wonderfull. It removes hard water stains, grease and food stains to just name a few. This does cost about $12.00 a gallon, but one gallon will last about a year. I have used it several times and it has never caused any problems with different types of materials. It does not have a real chemical smell, it smells like almonds.

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

Maybe you can try the Clorox Bleach Pen. It is like 3 bucks at WalMart and other stores. You just dab it on gently and then rinse well, being careful not to let the bleach-y water get on the rest of the garment. I have had a lot of luck with this stuff on stains on white portions of colored garments.

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

Also--another tip that may help you---sometimes I make a paste of Snowy Bleach and "paint" that on the discolored part, let it sit and rinse out well, then wash garment as usual.

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

I would not use any bleach on wool....it might break down the fibers..have you tried an oxy cleaner? .. just don't get the water too warm.

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June 4, 20050 found this helpful

A guest speaker, Peach, responded Snowy Bleach could be found at Walmart, and a couple of other discount stores for $3. Has anyone actually found this product? I think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread but can not find it anywhere except the Vermont Country Store and they are quite expensive. I live between Winchester, VA and Cumberland, Md. Some times areas of the country make a difference what can and can't be obtained. Thanks all!

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March 11, 20070 found this helpful

I washed an ecru sweater with dishwasher liquid thinking it would be easier on the fabric..instead it left white patches on the ecru. The detergent did not have chlorine in it (it was Ajax) so I dont know why it did that. What can I do now to make patches blend in? Should I bleach the whole sweater or do I risk getting only more white patches?
Or should I dye the sweater black?

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May 15, 2015

I've got a pullover with a bolognese sauce stain. I already tried to use a stain-remover, but it's not working. What can I do?
Thank you!

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May 18, 20150 found this helpful

Try soaking it overnight in Oxyclean with the hottest water the garment can tolerate. Keep it there overnight. Then dump it all in the washer and launder as usual.

Editor's Note: Wool requires delicate handling. Hot water is definitely not recommended as it will cause the wool to shrink.

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Hot water does not cause wool to shrink, however agitation does. Most good wool that is not specifically "machine washable" can be gently dropped into a top loading tub of very hot water. Let it sit until the water is cool, then run the spin. The spin doesn't agitate. After it's spun, remove the wool and refill the tub with cool water....don't put the wool back in until the tub is full as the action of the water dropping on the wool can sometimes be enough to cause shrinkage. Swish very gently with a hand to rinse, then spin out again. The wool will be clean and almost dry and can be hung over a dry rack.

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December 26, 20140 found this helpful

I was wearing red suede gloves and a white wool dress one day. It started raining, the gloves got wet and leaked all over the dress. Is there a way to remove these stains?

By Alla

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December 26, 20140 found this helpful

A dry cleaning facility may be able to remove the dye.

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February 1, 2010

How do I remove craft acrylic paint from a wool coat?

By Natalie

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February 2, 20100 found this helpful

Try rubbing alcohol. Ammonia might work on anything but wool, it will disintegrate it.

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February 5, 20100 found this helpful

Hello Natalie,
I had great succes with dried on paint on the carpet by spraying with hair laquer leaving to "rest" and then rubbing off with a clean damp cloth. I hope that this is of use to you.

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November 6, 2009

I have a great off-white wool winter coat. Unfortunately, last winter I wore this on a very windy and cold day. The dirty slush was thrown around my ankles and therefore all over the bottom of my coat.

Any suggestions?

Thanks.

By Carla from Huntington, WV

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

I suggest to let the cleaners clean it, good luck.

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November 6, 20090 found this helpful

Try saturating a place on the back (or some place that's not very noticeable) with lukewarm water. Make sure it's truly wet, as water sometimes tends to run off wool. Then squeeze the spot with white paper towels until the spot is gone. This worked perfectly on a wool jacket I have. The jacket dried with no water lines at all.
Your coat may be tougher because you have more stains and it's off-white, but if it works on the first spot you can keep going.
I used a kitchen funnel, which worked very well, to put water on the stains. Good luck!

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December 19, 20060 found this helpful

How can I remove old food stains from a favorite wool sweater? The stains are front and center.

JC from Charleston, SC

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December 22, 20060 found this helpful

Have you thought of stamping chunky stamps (with acrylic paints - probably with textile medium; or use fabric paints) over the stains.

Laine

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December 22, 20060 found this helpful

It is very difficult to understand. The first thing is to understand whether it is a starchy or oily stain or just food colouring.

The next thing is to come up with the right solvent.

proteases
dissolve protein...lipases dissolve lipids (fats and oils) and amylases
dissolve starch. most pen marks are removed by alcohol. Most paints are removed by kerosene or baby oils.

you may also search the internet for the trade names of solvents containing the choice from above.

The problem today is that most people try to advertise products "buy this" and "buy that" without explaining the science behind it.

Whatever you do, DO NOT IRON or apply heat to the affected spot before finding a solution. Heat makes some stains permanent.

Sometimes, the stains get in to the fibres and remain permanet and there is no way to remove. But you could still try and camoflague it by means of embroidery or a bead work over it. ;) wish you luck.

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March 9, 2016

How do I remove a 2 day old kimchi stain on ivory virgin wool without ruining it? Help.

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

How do I remove white perspiration marks on a dark blue fine wool jumper?

By Ann H from Doncaster S Yorks

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful

You can type your question online with Google and other search sites to receive many answers.

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March 19, 20140 found this helpful

How do you remove stains from baby knitting wool?

By Desley from Christchurch

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March 20, 20140 found this helpful

What is the stain? First try white vinegar and blotting. Rinse in cool water and let dry. Next, if it covers larger area, soak in Dawn and cool water overnight, rinse in cool water in morning. If all else fails you can bleach wool with regular peroxide. Put one 8 oz bottle in about 1-2 quarts water, put in well rinsed wool, slowly bring to just below simmer, stir softly to make sure all wool is wet. Keep heat low. No more than 15 minutes, tops, remove and rinse after it's cooled some in water that feels the same as the wool does, whatever that is. Rinse again, blot on towel.

If all that fails, consider dying it. read up on how to dye with food coloring or koolaid.

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February 2, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove chocolate stains from woolen clothes?

By Ray

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful

Try this very handy alphabetical list of stains set up A-Z as hyper links. I've never had a fail using these tips:

http://laundry.  l/a/stainsaz.htm

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December 18, 2010

How do you get red fingernail polish out of a grey wool coat?

By Cindy

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December 24, 20100 found this helpful

Sorry, but you can't. It has happened to me before!

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July 29, 2010

How do I remove a whiteout stain from dark colour wool jumper?

By pietruszko

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August 5, 20100 found this helpful

I went into the Wite out web site and they have a whole page of info on how to remove.
http://www.wite-out.com/tips/

If you need more info, I'd just call them and ask.

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March 24, 2008

How to remove color stain of the yellow detergent from my wool scarf? I dropped some "Trix" Lemon Dish washing liquid to remove many small oil stains on my wool scarf, then found the detergent left big yellow marks on my light pink wool scarf. I was stupid but I really love the scarf, which was a gift of my best friend. Would anyone help me to save my scarf?

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March 24, 20080 found this helpful

Bring it to a professional cleaner -- I'm sure they'll be able to make it look like new again.

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April 11, 20150 found this helpful

On my woolen clothing there are some stains that transferred from other clothes. How can I remove them?

By Sonia from Moga

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful

I have a beautiful, fine christening shawl hand knitted in a lacy pattern in 2 ply wool some 40 years ago by my mother. Unfortuntely somehow it was stored away without anyone noticing the chocolate. It looks as it if it may have been liquid dark chocolate. We have our first grandchild due shortly and we would love to be able to use it. What would be the best way to try and remove the chocolate? Any advice would be much appreciated.

By Brenda W from Staffordshire, UK

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January 22, 20150 found this helpful

How do I remove grease from a wool scarf?

By Agnes from Bensalem, PA

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

I have a Merino wool sweater. When I was washing dishes in my copper sink, the sink left a green stain on the bottom of the sweater. The sweater is machine washable, but the stain did not come out. Any suggestions?

By Colleen S.

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By 0 found this helpful
December 30, 2014

How do you remove lite yellow paint from a red wool coat that's dry clean only?

By Deb

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November 3, 20140 found this helpful

A bowl of chili loaded with sour cream was dropped in my lap. Any suggestions for removing chili and sour cream from wool pants that say "dry clean only"?

By Jack P

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By 0 found this helpful
January 27, 2010

How do I remove an oil based paint stain from a wool dress?

By Mary from Northern Ireland

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December 4, 20060 found this helpful

I have stains in a wool sweater all around the leather elbow patches. The leather has stained the wool. How can I remove them?

Barb from CA

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