Stains: specifically, how to remove MUSTARD stains

I have JUST NOW dumped an entire sardine (in mustard sauce) onto my white work shirt while having my meal at work, and the standard "damp cold water on a paper towel and a dry one underneath dabbing like crazy, didn't work. I know there are commercial stain removers out there, but I would love to have a small bottle of something easy to make (or just something that needs no alteration, but does the job) handy for such incidences. Any ideas? (I DID do a google search, but would LOVE to know if any of the ideas worked for anyone personally; ;-)

Topic by Goodhart 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Rust Stains on Clothes?

We got some rust stains on clothing, Washing did not help. Any help

Question by emit 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Permanently Staining Steel?

I would like to permanently stain all of a knife or a portion of the blade.  Does anyone have any recommendations.

Question by WazIt 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


dog urine stains

How can I remove dog urine stains and odors from hardwood floors?  they are very dark, and at least two years old.  Thank you!

Question by anniejoe13 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Staining leather with acetone?

I want to put a motif on my old black leather wallet I'm too lazy to go full screenprinting on it, and by the state of the wallet, it isn't really worth it either I've read something about acetone making stains on dyed leather, and thought of just using acetone to "paint" my design on the wallet The design is simple, so I'm thinking of just making a stencil. My only concern is: How do I make sure that the acetone doesn't "leak" beyond the borders of the stencil when painting? Will normal duct tape do?

Topic by Seidenfisch 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Has anyone tried to stain concrete with shoe polish, hair dye, or other household substances? Answered

I am casting small concrete panels for Xmas presents. I like the look of stain more than integral color, and am wondering if there are options to stain the pieces outside of commercial acid stains. The pieces will be decorative only, and not need to stand up to wear and tear like floors, countertops, or even coasters would. Would like to hear about unsuccessful attempts as well. Thanks!

Question by Owlman76 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can you stain plexiglass? ?

Question by jrtlst1174 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Remove Juice Stain, Carpet

Something Red. Still fresh.  I have damp towels on it now. I have a shop vac. Ive read about mixing peroxide with soap. What soap, specifically? Other tips?

Topic by Toga_Dan 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Staining a paper straw hat

Hi all. I was recently returned a hat I bought for my ex, it was one of those "I'd like that" moments where I spent a few pounds on something that she changed her mind about before it arrived and has never been worn since, it's not a particularly expensive hat but it is a unisex style essentially just a white straw cowboy style hat in fact I have a similar one in brown. Not being a great lover of white hats I would like to stain it a different colour but as I have never stained paper straw I have no real idea of how best to begin. Suggestions from anyone with experience of this material would be very welcome. Thanks in advance. NG.

Topic by Nostalgic Guy 3 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


Non-staining coloring for water?

Hey all, I have an idea for art thing I want to print in translucent PLA.  What I want to do is have some colored fluid (water) which you'll be able to see circulating (hopefully in interesting ways) around all the printed pipes and cavities and things inside.  The issue is, I don't want to use anything that will stain the plastic over time.  Thoughts?

Topic by PS118 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Do I Stain the Screws on Furniture?

I'm about to build a small potting bench with timber. I'm planning to use screws to hold bits together. But then I saw a potential problem, do I stain the timber first then screw, or do I just stain over the screws? I'm worried about the stain filling up the screw heads and then making my project look amatuer. Thanks for your help :-)

Question by awang8 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Epoxy over oil based stain Answered

So i recently made the mistake of staining a piece i want to later apply an epoxy coat to, with an oil based stain. I’ve been reading around online and fully understand now that applying the epoxy to this would be quite the no no. Looking for some guidance on how to correct this mistake. Any help would be greatly appreciated. The stain was minwax oil base and the epoxy is famowood glaze coat.

Question by nickm352 7 months ago  |  last reply 7 months ago


Stain glass windows. How do I repair crackes in an old stain glass window?

Stain glass window. I have an old stain glass window that I will be putting in an interior wall of my new home. I need to repair the frame and fix a feew small crackes in the glass. Thanks for any help. Pat

Question by paddycake 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to stain the base of a wine glass?

HI all, I've been looking all over, but with no success. How would one go about staining the base of a wine glass? I have no idea what kind of pigment to apply to the base to make it coloured (but translucent) or how to apply it. It seems like a nice way to bring together a mismatched bunch of glasses, but I haven't found a way to actually do it. Any help is welcomed!

Topic by setekh 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I wrote on my guitar with a fineliner (an acoustic guitar) will it stain?

 

Question by A good name 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to permanantly darken a brass zipper?

I recently bought a coat, all black, but the zippers are a very bright brass. I'd like to darken them if I can, so they don't stand out as much. Any suggestions? Hopefully without staining or otherwise damaging the coat itself, which is a 55/45 cotton/polyester blend.

Topic by SpinneNetz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wood stains, oils, finishes - Help me figure out what I need, please

I'm currently working on a coffee table inspired by https://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Coffee-Table-From-Reclaimed-Wood, and I need to help figuring out how to treat the wood. I love the way the table in the instructable turned out, so something similar would be great. basically I want to emphasize the natural beauty of the wood, not cover it up with color. But I would like the final product to be a bit darker than what the wood is right now. I'm considering oil or water-based stains, danish oil, and other similar products, but I know very little about them. Do I want a stain? Is Danish Oil the same thing as a stain? As far as I can tell, the product in the instructable was water-based, semi-gloss, but doesn't have a color on the label, so it must be a clear coat? It definitely darkened the wood, but perhaps that's normal for a clear coat? Other considerations: I would love for this to be as easy as possible, and environmentally friendly. If we can keep fumes to a minimum that would be great. :-) I also don't want anything that looks glossy as I think that looks kind of fake and doesn't keep with the spirit of the natural wood. I'm totally lost, so please help me out if you can. I'm happy to answer clarifying questions! Thanks in advance! Josh

Topic by joshme 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


I just had new wood frame windows installed and they are unfinished. How/with what would you recomment that I do this?

The manufacturer says you can optionally stain or paint the wood and then seal with a polyuerethane (sp?). I was thinking about just sealing the wood because the oak color works but is there a reason not to just seal them? How many coats of everything would be needed? BTW, I live in Minneapolis with weather/humidity is a factor. Also, it is just the inside that needs finishing. Thanks. Jay

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to remove colloidal silver stains? Answered

​Does anyone know of a method for removing colloidal silver stains from porcelain? I'm afraid I may have ruined my sink!

Question by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


staining finished one side plywood?

I got a piece of finished one side plywood and decided to make a desk out of it. i cut a top ,bottom sides and spacers for drawers all out of the same piece of plywood. sanded the top down smooth. all the sides take the stain fine but the top will not. it wont penetrate the wood on top for some reason. can anyone provide some in site on why this is happening. or what i need to do to get the stain to work? thanks.

Question by nagybro 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


is this a good way to stain denim fabric? Answered

I plan on submerging blue jeans fabric (Denim) in hot black coffee in attempt to stain the fabric. if i do this would it ruin the fabric? and is it a good idea?

Question by TimTheScarecrow 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


remove oil stains from driveway?

How to remove old oil stains from concrete driveway

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Etching, staining, or wildly coloring plastic

I own too much plastic, that I use regularly, but want to decorate. Is there a SAFE method to chemically or otherwise "mottle" plastic with colors? Not looking to use paints, as those will just peel off. I know that plastics react to some solvents and such, but is there anything that you could 'wash' plastic with that would just outwardly alter the appearance? If I could get an "oil on water", or even just a "camo" sort of effect, that would be wonderful! (I tried searches for what to AVOID using around plastics without risking such an effect, but can't get the right search parameters...) Thanks for any ideas! I'd really prefer not to have to throw stuff out.

Topic by Dragon Maze 9 years ago


How should i stain and finish a cross section of wood? Answered

Hey, So I've shaped and sanded a cross section of an ash tree. The wood has been sanded to a smooth finish but that's usually as far as i take my wood working. I want to use this to cover a base of an old desk lamp that lost its original base over time. I want to use a dark stain and a gloss finish but I'm unsure as to what type of products should be used and how the process of finishing should go. Any suggestions?

Question by nodnodwinkwink 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Remove scratches in desk? Answered

A few years ago I got my first x-acto knife. Of course, me being 12 years old I started cutting without thinking of consequences. Now My desk is all scratched up... There are also some Ferric chloride stains on the desk and I may have spilled some superglue on it, too. My desk is made of wood and has a shiny white layer over it, picture's down there Now here is my question: Is it possible to remove the scratches? By painting it or putting a layer of x over it? If not, how can I get the scratches to be less noticable? And how do I remove superglue and Fe(III)Cl stains?

Question by dunnos 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how do you remove the faux stained glass? Answered

How do you remove the faux stained glass from a window?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I get a peanut butter stain out of a white shirt?

Washed a shirt with pb stain and now just a grease stain. what to do?

Question by LeslieLouie 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can you dye fabric with wood stain?

I'm just curious, i know it will stain it pretty much permanently (my pants found that out the hard way). but is it a way to acctually dye things? how well would it wash? anyone know?

Question by FinchbyFinch 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Why low quality stain odour remover don’t work well ?

Generally we don’t think about the quality stain odour remover for floor or a marble which can easily grab oil, grease, souse, blood  stains, and these type of stains not remove easily by the normal marble cleaner that’s why it's don’t work superior. So what you thing about that type of stain how to remove it easily with or without hard work?

Topic by einsclean 4 years ago


Anyone Know About Green Wood Stains

I've been thinking about redoing a bass guitar and I was looking into different stains when I came across this environmentally friendly wood finishing stain.  So this stuff is hugely more expensive than most products out there and I really don't know much about it.  And there really isn't that much information on it so  I was hoping someone on here might have some experience using some of this stuff.  Would this stuff work better than the chemical stains or is it just more expensive because its organic?

Topic by aninjaturtle 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Steps in woodworking project Burning/enamel/Staining? Answered

Alright! So I'm starting a new personal project to create a gift for someone. I want to create a heart shaped home-made picture frame. I want to cut out the heart, have it stained, wood-burn their photos onto the heart, and chisel lettering and enamel that and give the whole thing a finish. Individually I can do each of those tasks, though I'm at a loss as to how to tackle this and which steps to take first. What process should I take for these steps? Should I burn first, or should I stain first? Should I chisel/carve before or after staining? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Question by BastardlyDungeon 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


how do you remove paint stains from clothes?

Question by germanmadchen101 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How can I stain metal gears to a broonze color? Answered

Question by nerd7473 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How do I keep ferrofluid from staining glass?

I need to keep ferrofluid from staining the glass container it resides in. The fluid will be in the container for a long time, so the solution has to last a long time as well.

Question by 9 years ago


How can I get pet stains and odors out of hardwood flooring?

Question by kquatrale 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can Painted or Stained 2x6 boards be run through a planer? Answered

I have 2x6 Painted/Stained outdoor stair treads that are a little rough and peeling from the sun. Can I run them through my planer without damaging the cutter? I'm hoping to get a nice smooth, clean surface to stain without trying to sand everything. Thanks for your help.

Question by jonallyn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I remove a price sticker from a stained wood piece?

Question by jf474387 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


i have a stain on my ugg boots and was wondering if its possible to dye uggs?

Question by sabrina88 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


The best way to reverse staining by copper etchant in a stainless steel sink?

So I used some of the copper etchant in aqueous solution stuff (instructables example) and a couple drips got onto my sink. I was thinking there might be two ways to minimize the appearance of these stains: 1. Could I just dremel the very surface off with a fine sandpaper/stone? 2. Could I use electrolysis in a small area to try to at least pull the copper off the sink? There is some dark staining which I assume is some acid that ate through some of the steel, but the copper is the most obvious problem. I doubt there's a good method to remove what I assume is the acid staining other than trying the dremel.

Question by shmolky 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Best way to clean an etched stain in laminate countertops? Answered

So I used some of the copper etching solution of HO and HCl and some of it accidentally spilled on my bathroom countertop (I think it's laminate, one of those veneer things). I didn't think it sat very long, but now the area where it sat is distinctly lighter. What's interesting is that if I wipe it down with water, it becomes "normal looking," but as soon as it's dry, the lighter stain comes through again.  Anyone have any suggestions? Is this something that can be absorbed or cleaned off? Or is there a solution you can use to darken a countertop?

Question by shmolky 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What will take sediment and water stain off of windows?

I have a couple of windows at work, that have this cloudy appearance on them.  When they are still somewhat wet, just after I clean them, they look good until it drys.  The haze and or cloudy appearance is still there.  I'm guessing it's from the sprinklers and or whatever is in the water and baking in the sun for twenty years.  Does anyone know how I can get this window clean and clear to see through again?

Question by lthoreson 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago



how can i safely remove shellac stain from a laminated wood stock? Answered

I recently bought a Mosin Nagant rifle and the stock is in decent shape but the finish isn't so hot. it has a laminated wood stock and I was wondering how I could remove the old stain without any ill affects to the stock i have heard of people that have ruined the stock using stain removers? so any ideas will help thanks

Question by vince 09 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean a concrete hearth?

We're moving into a place with a non-functional fireplace and a stained hearth. I haven't touched it yet and have no idea what the stains are.  A guess for the circular ones is wine or some other dark drink.  Any ideas for a relatively non-toxic clean up? It turns out a lot of it is wax.

Question by mole1 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Polyurathane on wood floors

Going to be refinishing some wood floors.  Sanding off all the old finish, then applying an oil based stain, and finaly polyurathane.  My question is can you use a water based polyurathane over an oil based stain?  If so, how long do I have to let the stain dry before applying the polyurathane?

Topic by etcmn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Does anyone know how to clean hard water stains and calcium from stucco?

I've saturated it in white vinegar as well as CLR with no success. Thanks.

Question by cfidura 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



Where can I purchase 20-30 pieces plexi/acrylic glass for 12x18"design, for faux stained glass painting project?

20-30 students in class will be making faux stained glass Easter/cross design, 12x18" approximate size. Where could we purchase pieces of plexi/acrylic glass to accomodate their design?

Question by jaycvandfive 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you clean the white stains from the inside of a crystal decanter?

On my crystal wine decanter there is a white deposit on the inside of the decanter. I would like to know how to eliminate it. Can anyone help?

Question by framer889 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How can I get baked on, brown stain off from a smooth "stainless" steel cooktop surface?

Stainless steel cooktop. I've tried vinegar, soap and water, and even a cleaning cream called "Cook Top".

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago