Stains Guidebook - Tar And Syrup Stains14Apr 2014
When it comes to cooking, tar and syrup are great for sweetening pastries and cakes, but hell on earth in terms of getting them out of clothes and carpets. If you feel that you need to be well prepared for when stain panic strikes, you would do well to have a stain cleaning kit ready, with all the essential components of a stain buster’s arsenal. Things like baking soda, salt, ice, vinegar, white wine, bleach and lots of clean rags are essentials that you should never be without in the house. It is important that you feel that you are prepared with the correct knowledge as well, for removing such tough but common stains, as if you don’t know what you are doing, then you run the risk of making the stain a lot worse, and really screwing yourself over! However, armed with the equipment and know how that you need for these sorts of things, it is unlikely that you can go far wrong, so educate yourself well in the art of stain removal!Tar’s main weapon is its extreme stickiness. You will find that your prime difficulty in removing it from fabrics and upholstery is that it binds itself to the fibers, and that makes it almost impervious to removal with water and the like. However, you can use this to your advantage, as the stickiness of tar and syrup means that it will harden at a certain temperature, like chocolate. This is why you need ice in your stain removal kit, as it is a great way to freeze up difficult stains like tar and chewing gum. Place the ice in a plastic bag, and ensure that the bag is as dry as possible. It is important that you use a plastic bag, as other materials will stick to the tar and be difficult to remove without leaving half of the bag behind! Apply the bag of ice to the tar, and leave it there until it has set. You will find that when it has set, you can peel a certain amount of the residue away with your fingers, or by carefully removing the bag itself. A good deal of the thick tar will usually come away if you have left it getting cold for long enough, and this means that you will be getting to the root of the problem without spreading the tar even further over the surface. However, be careful that you do not allow the weight of the bag to push the tar further afield into the clean material, as this could make the stain more of a problem!When you have peeled away the residue, you will find that there is still staining beneath. To remove this, dab the stain with kerosene or WD-40 on a clean rag. These solvents should not remove the dye in the cloth, but try them lightly on a less visible area of the item first, just to be sure. The solvent should lift the stain out of the fabric and into the rag, so keep changing the spot that you use on the rag, to ensure that you don’t rub the stain back in to the fabric that you are cleaning! Both of these solvents may leave a bit of a smell, so when you feel that the stain has gone, have a look at it under strong light to be sure, and then wash the garment on a cold wash, or flush the carpet or upholstery with cold water, to get rid of the excess.
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