How To Remove Hydraulic Fluid Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 25, 2023
Hydraulic fluid stains can be a real hassle to remove from washable fabrics, but don't let them ruin your clothes or linens. With this easy solution, you can effectively eliminate hydraulic fluid stains and restore your fabrics to their former beauty. Keep reading to learn the secret to removing hydraulic fluid stains from washable fabrics and keep them looking like new.
Various (depending on type)
These stains appear as a discoloration of the fabric that is usually yellow, brown or black in color. They can be oily or greasy to the touch and may have a strong odor of oil or chemicals. These stains are often caused by contact with hydraulic fluid or other industrial oils.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to dissolve the hydraulic fluid and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Hydraulic Fluid Stains
Hydraulic fluid stains clothes because it is a type of oil that can stick to fabric fibers and dye them a different color. The oil in the fluid is composed of long chain hydrocarbons that can stick to the fibers of the fabric and it is also able to penetrate into the fibers, making it difficult to remove. Additionally, some hydraulic fluids also contain pigments or dyes that can leave a visible stain on clothes if they come into contact with them. The stain can be difficult to remove because the oil can penetrate deep into the fibers of the fabric.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Hydraulic Fluid Stains
Stain remover spray
Chlorine bleach (for white fabrics only)
Step By Step Process To Remove Hydraulic Fluid Stains
Blot up as much of the hydraulic fluid as possible with a clean, dry cloth.
Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water.
Apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Scrub the stain gently with a soft-bristled brush or toothbrush.
Rinse the garment with warm water.
Mix a paste of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 cups of warm water.
Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse the garment with warm water.
Apply a small amount of laundry detergent to the stain and scrub gently with a brush or toothbrush.
Wash the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water setting that is safe for the fabric, using an enzymatic cleaner or regular laundry detergent.
Check the stain before the garment is dry and repeat the steps if necessary.
Please note that hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, stain remover spray, or chlorine bleach can be used as additional treatment options if the stain persists, but they should be used with caution as they may damage or discolor the fabric. It is always recommended to test a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric before using any of these products on the entire stain.
Hydraulic fluid stains clothes as it is a type of oil that can stick to fabric fibers and dye them a different color. To remove the stain, you can use a combination of household items such as dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, baking soda, laundry detergent, enzymatic cleaner, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, and stain remover spray. You can also use chlorine bleach but it should be used with caution as it may damage or discolor the fabric. It is recommended to test a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric before using any cleaning product on the entire stain.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.