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Post by dp1 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:13 am

My repeat customer called this morning, she spilled coffee all over her linen sofa and wool area rug, I know we talked about this a few threads ago on wool fibers but I just wonder if I can use stain magic for wool on linen ? Or is there better product to use ?
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by milspec6 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:24 am

To remove stains from linen you need an oxidizer, hot water, and time. The first 2 you have, but do you have the time?

I have cleaned a lot of antique linen bed spreads by soaking them in hot water with oxidizers like peroxide. Normally, the stains will release just like a urine stain will on rugs....it just takes time.

On linen furniture, you don't have the ability to soak it for an hour, so you need to flush it well with a tool like the SS upholstery tool with a continuous flow of water.

You just need a good oxidizer, but I would go with a diluted solution first as some can be too harsh. You might even try the old 2% bottle of peroxide to see if that can move it and then go from there in strength.

Could you use Stain Magic? Probably could, but I would water it down first to start with a weaker solution....especially on a tinted linen.
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Post by dp1 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:25 pm

Thanks Rob, I'll make time for her for sure, she's a great customer.
Will have to get more peroxide at the pool store, I forgot how to dilute them but I'm sure I can find the dilution ratio online.
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by milspec6 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 5:23 pm

Stain Magic is an oxidizer as well....a fairly strong peroxide with an ammonia kicker I believe. You don't need anything that strong.

In reality, you could probably make a solution out of something like oxy clean in the laundry aisle and have success....you shouldn't need too much strength.
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by ACpower1 on Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:47 pm

stain magic imo is just a product for the cleaners that havent learned how to just use peroxide,   its the same thing but a 2 part with ammonia just like you said Rob.  

I think the ammonia is just a high pH which is why it helps, the oxygen releases faster at high pH... so if you have a high pH pre spray like 12 you can mix a bit in and have essentially the same thing.


For the bio stains on wool Dp,     you can use the organic spotter from procyon it actually works really well.    I assumed it was peroxide but its not,    and we have had good success with it.        I got a bad wine stain out of a white wool area rug recently with it

it also does really well on coffee,     but for urine its too expensive and not as good as matrix miracle
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by dp1 on Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:14 am

Thanks for the advice guys, she actually cancelled the cleaning surprisingly, she texted me yesterday and told me that today her house cleaner is going to come and she's going to have her clean the stains Shocked I told her to be careful using store bought cleaning products and they can easily set the stains, she told me she already cleaned them herself and that they barely noticeable, lol.
I think I'm off the hook this time, we'll see how it look next time I go there to do regular cleaning.
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by Rainbow Rider on Sat Jan 09, 2016 2:33 pm

Another satisfied customer laughing

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Post by milspec6 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 4:45 pm

@Rainbow Rider wrote:Another satisfied customer laughing

Dp is "The King of Cleaning" Peace
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by Devon07 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:21 pm

She was probably reading this thread...lurking and is now going to compete against DP then open a franchise that will ruin us all!

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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by dp1 on Sat Jan 09, 2016 9:34 pm

Lol you guys, I'm nowhere near the king of carpet cleaning, especially compared to the "carpet cleaning King" I posted in the other thread, lolol laughing
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No oxidizer on linen

Post by Mrklean85 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:15 pm

The worst thing you could do for linen would be to use an oxidizer. An oxidizer would completely bleach out the fabric. Do NOT use it unless you want to replace the upholstery. Dry extract the piece, apply spot stop on the piece, then extract again. No water used. Whoever said use an oxidizer clearly doesn't know what their talking about

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:49 pm

Mrklean85 wrote:The worst thing you could do for linen would be to use an oxidizer. An oxidizer would completely bleach out the fabric. Do NOT use it unless you want to replace the upholstery. Dry extract the piece, apply spot stop on the piece, then extract again. No water used. Whoever said use an oxidizer clearly doesn't know what their talking about

That would be this guy.....and I disagree.

Haven't heard of "spot stop"....who makes that?
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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by Davey Cracker on Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:58 pm

Sounds like you're going a have a water mark stain cleaning job soon DP.

Then you can tell her "I TOLD YOU SO"!!! Snap out of it laughing

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Re: coffee stains on linen

Post by ACpower1 on Thu Jan 14, 2016 6:15 pm

for fancier white fabrics I dont get too much into trying to remove really bad stains like colored,   ink etc

you can have success sometimes but if its silk or another really thin white fabric its often not worth the risk or time.    

I usually will take my polisher with microfiber pad and encap that has alcohol in it (matrix) to try and transfer some off,     might do a really light fels rub then extract,    or very diluted power gel in warm water will work for dyes.

if that doesnt make a reasonable difference then I usually tell them that I could go stronger but will likely make it worse looking,    depending on how bad the stain is.

people are usually pretty understanding about certain stains being permanent, they have all done laundry before and experienced it... although it is nice when you can surprise them.
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