It’s almost impossible not to get wood stain on your carpet and clothes while staining wood. So how do you remove the wood stain from your clothes and carpets?
The best way to remove wood stain from your cloth or carpet is to wash off the wood stain immediately with laundry detergent and water. In this case, the wood stain will still be fresh on the carpet or cloth and can be washed out with soap.
If the wood stain has dried on the cloth or carpet, the only way to get it out is to use a solvent. You should know that old wood stains on cloth or carpet may not come off completely because the wood stain would have soaked and dried through the fibers.
This article explains more ways to get wood stain out of your clothes and carpet without damaging the cloth or carpet. Let’s dive in.
- 1 Does Wood Stain Come Out Of Clothing and Carpets?
- 2 How To Know What Type of Wood Stain You Have in Your Clothes?
- 3 How To Remove Oil-Based Wood Stain From Clothes?
- 4 How To Remove Water-Based Wood Stain From Clothes?
- 5 How To Remove Wood Stain From Carpet?
- 6 How to Get Dried Wood Stain Out of Clothes or Carpet?
Does Wood Stain Come Out Of Clothing and Carpets?
Wood stain does come out of clothing and carpets. But, the wood stain may not come off completely especially if it had soaked and dried through the cloth and carpet fibers. You should know that wood stain soaks in clothes and carpets very fast.
The longer the wood stain is left on the carpet or cloth, the more difficult it would be to remove it. If the wood stain is allowed to dry on the cloth, then it may leave a discolored spot on the cloth even after removing the wood stain.
For fresh wood stains on clothes and carpets, the stain would come out completely. But if the stain is allowed to dry and soak in the cloth or carpet fibers, removing it completely will be a problem. This is due to the composition of wood stains.
Wood stains have a very high volume of dye and pigments in the formula. If the wood stain is left to dry, the dye in the stain will be set on the carpet or cloth.
Even if you manage to remove the wood stain from the cloth, it will still leave discolored spots on the cloth or carpet that will not wash out. So, when it comes to wood stains, it’s best to remove the stain before it dries and sets in the cloth or carpet.
But how do you know if the wood stain on your cloth or carpet is water-based or oil-based? Let’s find out.
How To Know What Type of Wood Stain You Have in Your Clothes?
To know if you have oil-based or water-based stain on your cloth, you’ll need to blot the wood stain with water. If the water is absorbed by the stain, it means the wood stain is water-based.
Also, if the wood stain comes off the cloth after blotting the spot with water, the stain is water-based. Oil-based wood stains are not water-soluble and will not dissolve in water. So, if the water beads on the wood stain, then it’s oil-based.
You can also know the type of wood stain you are dealing with by wiping the wood stain with rubbing alcohol. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and use the cotton ball to blot the wood stain. If the wood stain color comes off on the cotton ball, it means the wood stain is water-based.
If the wood stain color doesn’t come off, the wood stain is oil-based. This is because oil-based wood stains hardly react to alcohol.
So now that you know how to spot which type of wood stain you have on the cloth or carpet, it’s time to find out how to fix the wood stain.
How To Remove Oil-Based Wood Stain From Clothes?
Removing oil-based wood stain from clothes is a bit tedious because oil-based stains contain more oils and pigments than regular wood stains. So, to remove oil-based wood stain from clothes, you’ll most likely need a solvent.
1. Removing Fresh Oil-Based Wood Stain From Clothes
If the oil-based stain is still fresh on the cloth, you can remove it easily by following the steps below:
- Wipe the excess wood stain off of the cloth using a rag
- Sprinkle baking soda or vinegar on the stained spot on the cloth and leave for a few minutes
- The baking soda will absorb the fresh wood stain from the cloth and you can dust the cloth after
- Dampen the affected spot with mineral spirits to further loosen the wood stain
- Wash the cloth with laundry detergent
- Rinse the cloth with plenty of water and allow it to dry
- When the cloth is dry, inspect it to ensure the wood stain is completely off. If there is a leftover oil-based stain, repeat the steps.
2. Removing Dried Oil-Based Wood Stain From Clothes
Removing dried oil-based wood stain is a bit more difficult because the wood stain would have become hard. To remove the stain in this case, you’ll need to mix solvents.
The most common mixture is made from laundry detergent and ammonia solution. You can also mix baking soda with water or liquid detergent to remove the dry oil-based wood stain.
Here is a guide for this:
- Prep your mixture (you can mix laundry detergent with ammonia solution or baking soda)
- Use the mixture to blot out the dry oil-based stain – after a while, the oil-based stain will become softer and might change color
- When you notice changes in the wood stain, wipe it off with a clean rag
- Wash the cloth in laundry detergent
- Rinse thoroughly
- Leave the cloth to dry and inspect if there is leftover wood stain – leftover wood stain can be removed by repeating the steps above.
How To Remove Water-Based Wood Stain From Clothes?
Removing water-based wood stain from clothes and carpets is easier than removing oil-based wood stains. This is because water-based wood stains don’t contain as much additives or oils as oil-based wood stains. Here is how to remove water-based wood stains from clothes:
1. Removing Fresh Water-Based Wood Stain From Clothes
If the water-based wood stain is still wet or fresh, you can blot it out using a rag and water. Then wash the fabric to remove the leftover wood stain. Here is a guide for this:
- Wipe off the excess wood stain from the cloth using a rag – remove as much wood stain as you can
- Soak a clean rag in a bowl of water
- Take out and squeeze the rag – then use the damp rag to blot the wood stain on the cloth
- Wash the cloth using laundry detergent and rinse with plenty of water
- Inspect the fabric and if you can still see wood stain, repeat the steps above and wash the cloth again
- When the wood stain is off of the cloth, leave it to dry.
2. Removing Dried Water-Based Wood Stain From Clothes
If the water-based stain has dried, you’ll need to use a paint-removing solvent like rubbing alcohol to remove the dried water-based wood stain. Here is a guide for this:
- Wipe and remove as much wood stain as you can from the fabric
- Pour rubbing alcohol on a clean rag and use the damp rag to blot out the wood stain
- After a while, the water-based wood stain will become loose due to the effects of the rubbing alcohol
- Wash the cloth using laundry detergent and rinse with plenty of water
- If you have leftover wood stain, you can use rubbing alcohol again on the stain
Tip: Whenever you use rubbing alcohol on the cloth, always wash the cloth to remove rubbing alcohol residue.
How To Remove Wood Stain From Carpet?
To remove wood stain from a carpet, you’ll need the following tools and supplies:
- Laundry detergent
- A vacuum
- Scrubbing brush
- A soft sponge
- Mineral spirits or acetone
- Baking soda
Here is how to remove wood stain from carpets:
1. Prep The Wood Stain For Removal
If the wood stain is fresh, you need to prep it for removal by sprinkling baking soda on the wood stain. The baking soda will absorb the wet wood stain from the carpet and you can vacuum the wood stain off of the wood after a few minutes.
If the wood stain has dried, you’ll need to prep it for removal by dissolving it with mineral spirits or acetone. Then wipe off the stain after a few minutes.
The next step is to prep the soap mixture by mixing detergent with water. The soap mixture will be used to remove the wood stain.
2. Wash Off The Remaining Wood Stain
Since you have already absorbed or dissolved most of the wood stain, you can wash the remaining off of the carpet. It’s very important to remove most of the wood stain before washing the carpet.
If you wash the carpet without removing the bulk of the wood stain, you’ll end up spreading the wood stain color around the carpet. To wash the carpet, use a scrubbing brush and the soap mixture.
3. Rinse The Carpet
After washing the carpet, you need to rinse it to remove soap residue. You can rinse the carpet using a garden hose connected to a tap.
4. Vacuum The Carpet
The next step is to vacuum the carpet using a wet/dry vacuum. This will remove excess moisture in the carpet and cause it to dry faster.
You can also use a shop vac if you don’t have a vacuum. If you don’t have either, you can spread the carpet outside and let it dry out. When the carpet gets dry, the wood stain should be off.
How to Get Dried Wood Stain Out of Clothes or Carpet?
To get dried wood stain out of carpet or clothes, you’ll need to dissolve the wood stain so it becomes easier to wash off or wipe off.
Dried wood stain is usually difficult to remove because the stain would have become hard. So, to remove it, you need to soften or dissolve the wood stain with a solvent and then wipe off the stain. You should also remember to wash and rinse the cloth or carpet after using a solvent to dissolve the wood stain.
When a wood stain is still wet or fresh, you can often just wipe or wash it off the carpet or cloth but when the wood stain gets dry, it becomes a different problem. The dried wood stain would have become hard so removal by just wiping or washing the stain will not cut it.
It’s also not advised to wash a dried wood stain off of cloth or fabric because doing so will spread the wood stain color on the cloth rather than removing it. If you want to get dried wood stain off your cloth, you need to dissolve it first – this way, it becomes easier to remove it.
You should know that it’s often difficult to remove all traces of a dried wood stain from a cloth or carpet. If the wood stain has dried, chances are the dye would have set in the cloth or carpet fibers. So, even if you manage to get all of the dried wood stain off of the cloth or carpet, chances are there will still be traces of the wood stain color on the affected spot.
In summary, removing wood stain from your cloth or carpet is not a difficult task. Your best bet to get rid of the wood stain is to wipe and wash it off immediately after the wood stain drops on the cloth.
If you don’t notice the wood stain early enough and it dries on the cloth or carpet, you’ll need to dissolve it before removing it. You can dissolve water-based wood stain with rubbing alcohol and oil-based wood stain can be dissolved with an ammonia solution.
Finally, remember not to use harsh chemicals and bleach to remove wood stain from clothes or carpets. Doing so can damage the fibers. For more helpful tips like this, ensure to check out other articles on this website.