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Care and Stain Removal by Fabric Content: Vinyl and Rubber

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Care and Stain Removal by Fabric Content: Vinyl and Rubber

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Vinyl and rubber garments each react differently when treated with stain removal products and during laundering. Always read hang tags and labels before attempting to remove a stain.

Vinyl and Rubber

Vinyl and rubber fabrics are damaged by most petroleum or oil-based solvents. The oil solvents remove the plasticizer in vinyl film fabric and cause stiffening. Latex is a type of rubber fabric.

To remove stains, dampen a white paper towel or white rag with isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. Work from the outside edges of the stain toward the middle. Change the paper towel or rag frequently to avoid spreading stain. Continue wiping gently until stain is removed. Finish by wiping the vinyl surface with a wet cloth to remove traces of alcohol residue.

For tough stains, wet a melamine-foam sponge (Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) with water and squeeze out as much water as possible. Rub the stained area gently until the stain disappears. ALWAYS TEST THE SPONGE ON AN INCONSPICUOUS AREA, to be sure that it doesn't damage the surface.

For yellowing or discoloration, spray the vinyl with plain water. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon powdered oxygenated bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach)over the stain. Dampen a white cloth and rub the stain beginning at the outer rim and working toward to the center. As the stain is transferred to the cloth, move to a clean section of the cloth to avoid redistributing the stain.

Extremely high temperatures when ironing can melt vinyl and rubber fabrics. To remove wrinkles from a vinyl item, toss in a dryer on low heat with several wet bath towels.

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