Stain Removal

Sometimes the unfortunate happens, and you spill something on your favourite item of wool clothing. Most stains can be treated, and we have some helpful hints on removing stains from wool. If you decide to treat the stain yourself, the following provides some guidance. All safety precautions recommended by chemical suppliers should be followed.


When treating stains, it is important to ensure they are fully removed before ironing. The heat from ironing can make a stain permanent.

Alcoholic drinks
Dab gently with an absorbent, lint-free cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible. Sponge the area sparingly with a mixture of warm water and surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol in equal parts.

Black coffee
Mix alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts, soak a lint-free cloth in the solution and lightly dab the stained area before pressing gently with an absorbent cloth.

Blood
Remove excess blood immediately with a damp sponge, then gently dab the area using undiluted white vinegar followed by cold water.

Butter, grease or sauces
If a greasy mark forms, firstly scrape the surface of the stain with a spoon or knife to remove any excess oil. Then soak a lint-free cloth in proprietary grease remover or white spirit and gently dab the area.

Chocolate, white coffee or tea
Dab gently around the edge of the stain with a cloth soaked in white spirit before following instructions for black coffee.

Egg or milk
Dab gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar.

Fruit, fruit juice or red wine
Immediately dab the stain with a mixture of surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol and water (3:1 ratio).

Grass
Apply soap very carefully (using a mild tablet soap or flakes) or dab gently with a lint free cloth soaked in surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.

Ink or ballpoint pen
Dab gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in white spirit. Repeat the action with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar or surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.

Lipstick, makeup or shoe polish
Rub gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in turpentine or spot cleaning spray or fluid. Rinse with mild soapy water.

The Woolmark Company has released a Wool Care Guide app, placing information on apparel care at the tip of your fingers. Available for all Apple and android devices, the Wool Care Guide app can be downloaded free-of-charge via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Alternatively, you can download: The Woolmark Company’s Care guide. (PDF 300Kb)