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How to Remove Stain from Your Needlework Fabric
Stain removal is something we do not want to have to do but however careful we are when stitching there are still occasions when accidents happen and our precious embroidery is at risk from stains of all types. If you know how to deal with them straight away, all is not lost.
Tips for stain removal
If you have spilt something on your needlework, try to soak up any excess liquid straight away.
Types of stain
Stains can generally be classified into one of five types.
Useful essentials for removing stains
We don't always have commercial stain removers to hand when we need them, but there are many things that are likely to be in the store that can help remove stains.
White vinegar is useful to remove tea stains.
Bicarbonate of soda
We all perspire, especially if we are stitching in hot, sticky weather. Perspiration, if allowed to remain in fabrics, can eventually stain. It can also damage and weaken the fabric fibres. One way to deal with this problem is to mix bicarbonate of soda into a paste with cold water, then use it to cover the area. Leave it on the fabric for around 30 minutes, then if necessary, soak in detergent before washing as normal.
A fresh lemon or a bottle of lemon juice is a handy thing to keep in the cupboard.
Have you ever pricked your finger on your needle and before you knew it dripped blood onto your work? I know I have. Blood stains can be difficult to remove if left, so quickly dissolve lots of salt in cold water and soak the affected area. It sounds horrid, but you can also remove a tiny spot of blood by using your own saliva! (It has to be the saliva of the person who bled.)
Soda water can be sprayed or dabbed onto red wine to prevent it staining. Of course other accidents can happen to your needlework if you are drinking red wine whilst stitching!
Soak a cloth in methylated spirit and dab onto stains like ballpoint pen, crayon or lipstick to remove them.
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