Drops of water can leave unsightly stains on the fabric. However, don't worry! You can remove these stains easily. If the stain is on clothing or removable fabrics, use a damp cloth and iron to even out and cover the stain. If the stain is on the upholstery of the furniture, use a mixture of water and vinegar to remove the stain. In no time, the fabric will be back looking as clean as ever!
Method 1 of 2: Removing Stains from Washable Clothes
Step 1. Place a white towel on the ironing board
Spread the towel over the board so that it is flat. Towels serve as a smooth absorbent surface to cover clothes. Do not use colored towels because the pigment on the towels can transfer to the clothes.
This method is suitable for clothing and fabrics that are not permanently attached, such as tablecloths or table napkins
Step 2. Place the stained area on the towel
Remember where the stain is from the start before you put the clothes on the towel so you know where to wet. If the garment has a printed or embellished design, turn the garment over so that the design or accent is not damaged by the heat from the iron.
Step 3. Wet the stained area with a microfiber cloth
Dip a washcloth in clean water (distilled water is recommended), then wring the cloth to remove any excess water. Dab the cloth on the stain to wet it. If water stagnates or penetrates directly under the fabric, press the garment to allow the water to penetrate the fibers of the fabric.
Distilled water is the best recommended option because it doesn't contain trace minerals or impurities that could leave other stains on clothes. However, if it's not available, you can still use plain tap water
Step 4. Dry the wetted area with an iron
Turn the iron on to the correct setting, depending on the type of fabric you are drying. If you're not sure which temperature setting to choose, check the clothing label. Rub the iron into the clothes until the wetted area is completely dry. Do not stick and hold the iron in the same area as it can leave a scorched stain.
- If the garment is silk, use the lowest heat setting.
- Warming up the iron usually takes about five minutes.
- Make sure the cloth is completely dry before you move on to the next step.
Step 5. Keep wet and dry the area until the stain fades
Move the stained part of the garment to the dry side of the towel. Again, dab some water on the stain and use an iron to dry it. Keep repeating this process until most of the stain is gone or faded.
After four tries, it's possible that you won't see any more changes
Step 6. Rub the back of the spoon on the remaining water stain
Turn the clothes over and look for any remaining water stains. Rub the back of a clean spoon against the stain to even out or fade any remaining stain. This process helps stretch the fibers around the stain so that the water stain is more subtle.
Keep the garment spread out on the ironing board so that you have a firm support to press the fabric
Method 2 of 2: Cleaning Water Stains on Furniture Upholstery
Step 1. Mix 125 ml of vinegar with 500 ml of water in a spray bottle
It's a good idea to use distilled water as it contains very few trace minerals or impurities. This way, the cloth won't get any dirtier. Measure out the vinegar and water, then put it in a spray bottle. Put the cap on the bottle before shaking it to mix the two ingredients.
- If you are using a small spray bottle, reduce the dose by half. For example, you can use about 60-65 ml of vinegar and 250 ml of water.
- Vinegar is a good ingredient for cleaning fabrics.
Step 2. Test the mixture on an inconspicuous part of the fabric
This is a great way to avoid “incidents” that might make the fabric even more dirty. Spray a small amount of the mixture on the hidden area of the fabric and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
If the mixture leaves a stain, empty the spray bottle and refill it with distilled water
Step 3. Wet the stain sufficiently with the cleaning mixture
Spray the mixture on the edges or corners of the stain first, then wet the center. Make sure the entire stain is thoroughly moistened with the vinegar and water mixture.
- Be careful not to wet the cloth until it becomes muddy. Just dampen the cloth sufficiently.
- If the spray bottle has a different spray setting, turn the nozzle to the smallest spray setting.
Step 4. Press a microfiber washcloth against the stain to absorb the mixture
Carefully press the washcloth to absorb the stain. This will prevent the vinegar and water mixture from getting to the pads under the upholstery. Keep dabbing the cloth on the cloth until the color of the cloth looks lighter. This color change indicates that the fabric is starting to dry.
Use a white cloth so that the dye doesn't run off and sticks to the upholstery of the furniture
Step 5. Spray and re-dry the problem area if the stain is still visible
Spray the stain again with a small amount of the water and vinegar mixture, then blot dry by dabbing a microfiber cloth over the stain. Keep repeating this process until the stain disappears.
After four sprays and drying, it's possible that you won't notice any further changes
Step 6. Dry the cleaned area with a hairdryer to prevent mold development
If the pads under the upholstery get wet, there's a good chance that the pads will become a breeding ground for mold. To prevent this, make sure the area that has been cleaned is thoroughly dried. Use the cool setting on your hairdryer and point the nozzle at the damp part of the fabric. Move the dryer to the wet part of the cloth until it is dry.
- If you don't have a hairdryer, point the fan at the part of the cloth that is still damp or damp.
- Do not use the hot setting on the hairdryer as scorch marks may appear on the fabric.