Cindy said, “Hi I had emulsion paint on my t-shirt that is made of 65% polyester and 35% cotton and everyone has said rubbing alcohol will remove the stain but it has left lighter patches where the rubbing alcohol has been is there anything I can put on to remove the light patches”
Although rubbing alcohol is very effective for removing some types of stains, such as paint, ink or tree sap, it can also cause stains of its own. There are two reasons why rubbing alcohol may cause stains. First, rubbing alcohol is not pure isopropyl alcohol; it contains other ingredients, including dye, which can leave a dye stain on fabric. The other way that rubbing alcohol can leave stains is that it acts as a mild bleach, as do other forms of alcohol such as vodka or isopropyl alcohol.
Removing Alcohol-Caused Dye Stains:
These stains are most common on lighter colors of fabric. To remove the, use the steps in the article How to Remove Dye Stains from Clothing.
Removing Alcohol-Caused Bleach Stains:
Just as the alcohol can work well for removing dye stains like ink or marker from fabric, it can also loosen or remove the fabric dye. Since the fabric dye has been removed, the only way to repair the problem is to replace the dye. There are several ways this can be accomplished.
You Will Need:
- Cotton balls
- Rubbing alcohol
- Fabric marker
- RIT Color Remover
- Fabric Dye
- RIT Dye Fixative
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- The fact that the alcohol has remove the fabric dye means that the dye is loose, which means that it can be moved. Moisten a cotton ball or cleaning cloth with some rubbing alcohol and rub the cloth around the stain to loosen the dye around it, then rub the cotton ball over the stains to drag the loosened dye over the area.
- Another way to replace the dye is to use a fabric marker that is a same or similar color. Lightly brush the marker over the stain to gently apply the ink, using caution not to apply too much ink at one time. If too much ink is used, simply blot the area with rubbing alcohol to remove the excess.
- If necessary, the entire garment can be redyed. Select a fabric dye from your local craft store or supermarket that is a similar color to the current color of the item. Use RIT Color Remover to remove the rest of the current dye from the item, then dye it the new color following the instructions on the label of your selected dye. Afterward, use RIT Dye Fixative to set the new dye.
Additional Tips and Advice
- All types of rubbing alcohol are considered poisonous. Wear gloves when handling rubbing alcohol and avoid inhaling the fumes.
- Don Aslett’s Stainbuster’s Bible by Don Aslett
- Stain Removal by Stephanie Zia