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Stain Removal Guide

Shoe Polish

Wet Clean

Dry Clean:

Shoe polishes vary in their ingredients. Therefore, it may be necessary to try more than one stain removal method.

  1. Try method recommended for Cosmetics.
  2. If that fails, try sponging with alcohol. (3,4,6)
  3. If both these methods fail, sponge with any cleaning fluid or turpentine. If you use turpentine, (6) sponge with detergent and warm water and alcohol. (3,4,6)
  4. Treat traces with bleach (1).

Cleaning Method

WET CLEAN - Wet Cleaners are liquids, the most important being water.

DRY CLEAN - Dry Cleansers contain no actual moisture, even when in liquid form.

Special Treatments

  1. Chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide may be necessary to remove last traces of stain. Mix 1 tsp of bleach and 1 tsp of water. Rinse well. Do not use chlorine on silk, wool, spandex, flame-proofed fabrics, or mohair.
  2. Do not use heat of any kind on stain area until stain is removed, as heat may set the stain.
  3. Dilute alcohol with two parts water if using acetate.
  4. Test in an inconspicuous place first to see if colors or fabric are affected.
  5. Ammonia changes some dyes. Restore by warm water and white vinegar rinse.
  6. Could be poisonous.
  7. Could be flammable.
  8. Dilute ammonia with equal parts of water for silk or wool.
  9. While white vinegar is safe for all fabrics, dyes may change when vinegar is applied. If colors do change, rinse with water and ammonia solution, followed by water rinse.

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