Mary asked: How do I clean hair serum from fabric? A few drops of an oil-based hair serum dropped onto my sofa. I’d like to know how to remove it. It’s a few days old now. Thanks.
It can be tricky to remove oily stains from fabrics, especially when they can’t go into the wash. The success of this method will depend somewhat on what type of fabric you’re working with and how old the stain is, but in any case, this will improve the appearance of the stain, if not eliminate it completely.
You Will Need:
- Brush or vacuum with upholstery attachment
- Rubbing alcohol
- Clean white cloth
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Sprinkle cornstarch on the oily stain. Allow it to sit for several hours or overnight. This will allow time for the cornstarch to absorb the oils.
- Brush or vacuum away the cornstarch. If you see an improvement on the stain, repeat the process. Otherwise, move on to the next step.
- Spot test rubbing alcohol in a hidden area of the fabric. It can remove the color or dye in some fabrics. Proceed only if the fabric proves to be colorfast.
- Pour rubbing alcohol onto the white cloth. Using a colored cloth may result in color transfer and create a bigger mess.
- Blot the alcohol soaked cloth over the stain. Do not rub as rubbing may spread the stain or cause color bleed.
- Allow the area to air dry.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the oily stain is on a machine washable fabric or slip cover, follow up by washing in the warmest water recommended for the fabric. Make sure the stain is gone before you dry the fabric, as hot air will set the stain.