Brake fluid is a chemical substance that can be challenging to remove from clothing because it can cause stains and damage the fabric. However, here are some steps you can try to get brake fluid out of clothes:
Materials You’ll Need:
- Disposable gloves (to protect your hands)
- Paper towels or clean rags
- A dull knife or spoon
- Dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent
- A toothbrush or soft-bristle brush
- Cold water
- An enzyme-based stain remover (optional)
- Act Quickly:
- The sooner you can address the brake fluid stain, the better your chances of removing it. Try to begin the stain removal process as soon as you notice the stain.
- Wear Gloves:
- Put on disposable gloves to protect your hands while handling brake fluid.
- Blot the Stain:
- Use a paper towel or clean rag to blot (not rub) the excess brake fluid from the clothing. Be gentle to avoid spreading the stain.
- Scrape Off Excess:
- If the brake fluid has dried on the fabric, gently scrape off any remaining residue using the edge of a dull knife or spoon. Be cautious not to damage the fabric.
- Pre-Treat with Dishwashing Liquid:
- Apply a small amount of dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent to the stained area. Gently rub the fabric together to work in the detergent.
- Brush the Stain:
- Using a toothbrush or a soft-bristle brush, gently scrub the stained area. This can help to loosen the brake fluid from the fabric fibers.
- Rinse with Cold Water:
- Rinse the stained area under cold running water. Continue to rub the fabric gently to help remove the stain.
- Check the Stain:
- After rinsing, check the stained area to see if the brake fluid stain is still visible. If it is, repeat steps 5 to 7 until the stain is no longer visible.
- Wash the Clothing:
- Launder the clothing as you normally would, following the care instructions on the garment’s label. Use cold water and an enzyme-based stain remover if you have one.
- Check Before Drying:
- Before drying the clothing, check the stained area again to ensure the stain is completely gone. Drying can set any remaining stain, making it more difficult to remove.
- Repeat if Necessary:
- If the stain persists after washing, repeat the pre-treatment and washing steps until the stain is gone. Avoid using hot water or heat until the stain is fully removed.
Please note that the success of removing a brake fluid stain depends on various factors, including the fabric type and how quickly you address the stain. Additionally, some stains may be more stubborn and require multiple attempts. If the stain persists after several attempts, consider seeking professional dry cleaning or stain removal services.