How to Remove Dye Stains

by Etch Tabor ; Updated September 28, 2017

A dye stain on your favorite clothing or furniture no longer means tossing it in the trash. With the numerous cleaning agents on the market, you can restore your belongings to appear like new in a few easy steps. Listed below are ways to quickly clean your fabrics.

Pre-treat your garment. There are many stain pretreatment sprays available including OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover and Spray 'N Wash Dual Power Laundry Stain Remover. For the best results, spray the dye stain with the pretreater until the area is soaked. Allow 10 minutes for the spray to work into the fabric. Wash the garment in hot water, then allow it to hang dry.

Use a packet of Carbona Color Run Remover or RIT Dye Color Remover for white or colorfast clothing. Mix a packet of the color remover with 4 gallons of water. The water temperature should be at the level specified on the garment's tag. Once the remover is completely dissolved, put your garment in and stir until the dye stain is removed. When the dye stain has disappeared, rinse the garment with warm water and wash as directed on the garment's tag.

Clean your upholstery by mixing one tablespoon of ammonia with one teaspoon of the dishwashing liquid, and combine with 2-cups of cool water. Use a cleaning cloth to dab the stain until it goes away. If it does not go away, continue to dab the stain using the solution, or mix 1-tablespoon of white vinegar with 2-cups of cool water and then dab the stain using a cleaning cloth.

Tip

  • Treat the stain as soon as possible to increase your chance of completely removing it.

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For three years, Etch Tabor worked as the technology and online editor at "InsideCounsel" magazine, a national publication for in-house counsel. He currently is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in legal, technology and comedy writing. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism.