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2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-22 06:26
Iodine or green stains are not a reason for sadness. This guide will help you get them off your hands, clothing, furniture, and floor.
How to wash the greenery
If she got on the skin
In general, you can do nothing. Human skin is regularly renewed so that blemishes will fade over time. If you can't wait, use:
- Alcohol or any strong alcohol … Dampen a cotton swab or rag and scrub the stain vigorously. This method is the simplest and most versatile, but, alas, it is not suitable for owners of dry or sensitive skin.
- Hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine bigluconate. These liquids are sold in any pharmacy at affordable prices and are softer than alcohol.
- Makeup remover. Especially if the brilliant green got on the thin skin of the eyelids or lips. The stain will not disappear the first time, but if you wipe the dirt 4-5 times a day, it will disappear faster.
If the green stuff gets on your clothes
It is much more difficult to wash the green stuff from things than from the skin. Firstly, not all fabrics can be washed with aggressive detergents. Secondly, you need to act as quickly as possible: the older the stain, the more difficult it is to remove.
If an expensive item is stained, the best solution would be to go to dry cleaning. For those who are ready to try to wash the green stuff on their own, we advise you to arm yourself:
- Fat cream. The most gentle way for the most delicate items. Apply the cream in a thick layer on the dirt, leave for 2-4 hours, and then wash the item with powder.
- Soapy solution. Works great on woolen items. Stir 3-5 tablespoons of liquid or grated bar soap into ½ liter of water. Treat the stain with this solution or soak the entire garment. Leave the greenery to soak for 10-30 minutes and rinse things with clean water.
- "White". Stains on light colored clothing can be treated with this cheap bleach. After that, things will need to be washed in a washing machine with the usual detergents.
- Stain remover. The household chemicals market regularly pleases us with new inventions. Use your favorite bleach or stain remover according to the manufacturer's instructions. Most often, it is enough to apply the product to the dirt, and then add it to the washing machine.
If the green stuff gets on the furniture
If furniture made of plastic, glass, lacquered wood, chipboard, MDF, leather or leatherette is stained with greenery, wipe the surface with a damp cloth and carefully work over the stain with a stationery eraser. If the eraser doesn't work, try removing the brilliant green with rubbing alcohol. If the furniture is made of untreated wood, alas, you will have to use sandpaper.
If brilliant green gets on the fabric, use the recommendations for removing stains from clothing. Just in case, we advise you to first check the reaction of the material to the cleaning agent. And if the furniture is especially valuable to you, contact a dry cleaner.
It is safest to use a stain remover at home. Apply a concentrate or detergent solution (according to the instructions) on the stain for several hours, and then wipe off the residue with a damp cloth.
If the green stuff hits the floor
How to clean greenery from linoleum, laminate or parquet
Act as quickly as possible. As soon as the greens are spilled, blot the excess with a napkin and do not let the stain spread all over the floor.
Wipe off dirt with rubbing alcohol or strong alcohol. If nothing like this is at hand, take gasoline, kerosene or glass cleaner.
Wash off the remaining greenery with a stiff brush and soapy water.
How to clean the greenery from the carpet
Here, too, one cannot hesitate. Blot spilled greenery with a soft cloth so that it does not have time to penetrate deep into the fibers of the carpet. And immediately start treating the stain with soapy water, detergent solution (3-4 tablespoons per ½ liter of water) or stain remover. If the carpet has a short pile, try to clean the brilliant green with a brush. If the pile is long, wipe off excess liquid with a clean cloth.
If all else fails, try a 10% solution of ammonia. Be careful: it has a pungent smell that can remain in the apartment for a long time. Soak a rag or cloth in the ammonia and scrub the stain vigorously.
How to wash iodine
If it got on the skin
Iodine disappears from the skin even faster than green stuff. To speed up the process will help:
- Soap. Wash skin thoroughly with soap. Household, although it does not smell very pleasant, will be the most effective. Especially if you add a good stiff brush to it.
- Baking soda. Moisten your skin with water and rub with baking soda. Do this over a sink or basin: the powder will crumble in the process. Let the baking soda sit on the stain for 10-15 minutes, and then rinse off the rest. After such a procedure, it is advisable to apply a moisturizer: soda dries the skin.
- Alcohol. Wipe the stain with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol or strong alcohol - the stain will become noticeably lighter.
- Hydrogen peroxide. Wipe your skin with a cotton swab soaked in this antiseptic. Peroxide penetrates deep into the pores and is safe for the epithelium. It is great if iodine needs to be washed off the face.
- Lemon. Squeeze some juice onto the fabric and rub hard. Be careful with mucous membranes: if you cleanse the area around the eyes, mouth or nose with lemon, you can burn yourself.
If iodine gets on your clothes
Iodine does not wash off the fabric well, but the sooner you start eliminating the stain, the more chances you have to return the clothes to cleanliness. You can remove dirt:
- Potato starch. Soak things in warm water for 10–20 minutes, and then wring them out. Sprinkle a generous amount of starch over the stain, rub into the fibers with your hands and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off the starch with clean water. If the stain is particularly stubborn, repeat the procedure several times. Then wash your clothes in the washing machine as usual.
- With ammonia. Add 10-15 drops of ammonia to a glass of water, pour into a bowl of clothes and add a liter of warm water. Leave the items to soak for 15–20 minutes, then rinse and wash as usual.
- Acetone. If a thing that you do not want to wash gets dirty, wipe it with a cotton swab dipped in acetone. Nail polish remover will work as well.
If iodine gets on the furniture
If the furniture is upholstered in fabric, use methods to clean the garment. Do not worry about wooden decor elements: iodine will evaporate on its own from their surface. Furniture made of plastic, glass, lacquered wood, chipboard, MDF, leather or leatherette can be washed:
- Potatoes. Cut the tuber in half and wipe off the dirt thoroughly. If necessary, the potatoes can be left on the stain for several hours: it will absorb the remaining iodine.
- Fixing for photos. If you are an amateur photographer, there will be no problems with the elimination of iodine. Take sodium thiosulfate and treat the stain with it. Then wipe the surface of the furniture with a damp cloth.
- Ascorbic acid. Dissolve 1-2 tablets in 100 ml of water. Soak a cotton swab in the liquid and wipe the dirt until it disappears.
If iodine hits the floor
How to clean iodine from linoleum, laminate or parquet flooring
If the stain is not in the most prominent place, you don't have to worry too much: over time, the iodine will evaporate without your intervention. If you don't want to wait, use:
- Any detergent. Lather on a dishwashing sponge or brush and rub the stain well. If it does not disappear completely, then at least it will become lighter.
- "White". Add 2-3 tablespoons of solution per liter of water, dampen a rag in the liquid and cover the stain with it. If necessary, leave the dirt to soak for several hours, and then wipe the floors with a cloth dampened in clean water.
- Baking soda. Moisten the iodine stain with warm water, sprinkle with baking soda on top and cover with a damp cloth. Leave it on for 10-12 hours, and then wash the floors in the usual way.
How to clean iodine from carpet
A short-pile carpet stained with iodine will help save potatoes. Peel the tuber, rub on a fine grater and apply a thick layer to the stain. Wait 5-10 minutes and remove the gruel with cold water. Repeat the procedure until the spot disappears completely.
On the long-pile carpet, wipe it with acetone and nail polish remover. Or sprinkle with baking soda iodine, sprinkle with vinegar and leave for 10-12 hours. Then rinse with water and dry.