Liquid concealer is great for erasing blemishes on sheets of paper, but it can make a hell of a mess if it spills on clothes. To remove concealer stains, remove excess wet or dry liquid, apply a product for prewash clothes and wash the dirty garment normally in the machine. You can also treat stains with some household items. If the fabric is delicate, send it to the laundry instead of trying to remove stains at home.
Method 1 of 3: Removing Excess Liquid
Step 1. Remove excess concealer as soon as possible
To make cleaning simpler, remove liquid from clothing immediately. The dry pieces can be removed by hand. Do this even if you are sending the laundry to the dyer.
Step 2. Wipe the liquid with a cloth if it is still wet
Gently press a cloth or sheet of paper towel into the stain. Don't exert too much force and be careful not to get the dirt inside the clothes.
Step 3. Peel dry concealer
After the liquid is completely dry, scrape as much as you can with your nails. You can also try brushing the fabric with a stiff bristle brush if it is thick.
Method 2 of 3: Applying a Prewash Product
Step 1. Apply a pre-wash product to the stain
Use a generous amount to saturate the concealer well. Leave to act for at least one minute and wash clothes as soon as the product sets.
Step 2. Soak the garment in oxygenated bleach
In a clean bucket, mix 150 ml of oxygenated bleach with 4 liters of warm water. If the bleach is a powder, mix it in water until it completely dissolves. Let the clothes soak for a few hours, until the stain disappears. Then take the piece out of the bucket and wash it immediately.
Step 3. Rub laundry soap into the stain
Choose a product that is very effective in removing stains. Cover the entire extent of the dirt and let the soap act for 20 minutes. Wash normally.
Step 4. Do not put stained clothing to dry
Repeat stain removal techniques if the concealer does not come off the clothes even after you wash them. Avoid putting clothes to dry. This can end up causing the stain to become embedded in the fabric. If the method does not work, put the laundry out to dry and call your dyer.
Follow the instructions above if you want to treat stained laundry with household items
Method 3 of 3: Treating Stains with Household Items
Step 1. Apply isopropyl alcohol to the stain
Turn a tablespoon (15 ml) of isopropanol or isopropyl alcohol onto a cloth or paper towel. Rub the stain with alcohol and remove the excess with a paper towel. The paper towel should remove practically all the concealer. Then you just wash your clothes normally.
Use vinegar if you don't want to rub isopropyl alcohol on the stain
Step 2. Remove stain with acetone
Place the stained part of the piece on a clean cloth. Dampen a second cloth with acetone and use it to clean the stain. The concealer will wash off with the acetone, so use a clean part of the cloth with each pass. After the stain disappears, thoroughly soak the dirty part of the clothing with isopropyl alcohol. Finally, rinse with water and wash normally.
- Protect your hands with rubber gloves whenever handling acetone.
- To apply this technique, take your clothes to an airy place.
Step 3. Treat the stain with gasoline
Moisten a clean cloth with a generous amount of gasoline. Then place another clean cloth or a layer of paper towels behind the stain and wipe it off with the first cloth. After the dirt is gone, remove the gasoline by hand with liquid laundry soap or kitchen detergent. Rinse the part well and wash normally.
- Be very careful when handling gasoline. Wear rubber gloves and move clothing to fresh air.
- Find out about how to dispose of hazardous materials in the area you live in, and follow your city's cleaning agency's instructions for disposing of rags and paper towels.
- Try replacing gasoline with a clear alcoholic drink or mineral turpentine. If you choose an alcoholic drink, take the same precautions as you need to handle gasoline.