If that does not remove the stain, or if it goes beyond the surface, it will take a bit more time and elbow grease to get it out. Begin by mixing baking soda with white vinegar or lemon juice to make a paste. It should be at least as thick as toothpaste. Spread the paste over the stained area and gently rub it with a sponge or your fingers. Spray the area with plain water, or white vinegar for an added cleaning boost. Wipe the area clean with a soft cloth.
This may take several applications to remove the stain completely. When the stain is completely gone, wipe over the area with a clean cloth moistened with plain water to rinse away any residue from the cleaning products used. Darker wood finishes will require more caution as they can become lighter in color only to make the stained area stand out more. Always test a small hidden area on all pieces before proceeding with the stained area. Some dye stains can be easily lifted with insect repellent or spray on sunscreen. Simply spray the product on the stain and wipe with a clean cloth.
These pads can be very abrasive so use caution to rub lightly so the finish on the wood does not become damaged. Another option for removing the dye stain is rubbing alcohol. Moisten a cotton ball or cotton swab and gently rub it over the area. This works best on light stains, although it can dramatically lessen heavier stains. What is missing from or wrong with this cleaning guide? This iframe contains the logic required to handle AJAX powered Gravity Forms. My daughter has all white furniture in her bedroom.
A piece of scrapbook paper with a glass of ice water on top of it transferred pink color to a very large spot on her night stand. It was a horrible stain! I used a cotton ball with some rubbing alcohol and it removed the stain like magic! It did, however, dull the finish ever so slightly. I rubbed a light coat of orange oil over the dull area. Thanks for the hairspray tip!
Just tried it on my dining room table and it worked a treat with no damage to the wood surface. The finish can be fixed, but I noticed on the Magic Eraser box that it says not to use it on shiny or finished wood. My daughter spilt her dark eyelash dye on my beech furniture. I hope someone has a magic cure to help me, otherwise the furniture is ruined. Use baking soda, not baking powder. Baking soda is much stronger.
Also, you don’t need to use any oil. Keep in mind though that you should always test a cleaning solution on a hidden area of an item first to look for any adverse reaction. My table is dark cherry wood with a finish on it. A bottle of hairspray leaked on the table and it sat over night and turned the table white. Hairspray breaks down easily and can be removed from wood without damaging the finish by using rubbing alcohol. Moisten a sponge or rag with rubbing alcohol, apply the alcohol to the stain and allow the alcohol to soak into the stain.
Rub the stain gently with the sponge, clean the area with soap and water and then dry the area thoroughly. I have a light-colored varnished bamboo desktop, and the synthetic fabric dark grey wrist rest that I was using left a dark stain on the wood after a couple of months of use. I haven’t scrubbed too hard for fear of damaging the wood. I assumed that a little bit of wiping would at least have SOME effect if the method was going to work at all. Unfortunately, with a problem like this it can be a trial and error process to find just the right solution for your specific material and specific dye. In other words, the best you can do is to just keep trying things until you find one that works, possibly even trying the same method several times since you mentioned that you were very gentle with the removal. If you damage the area by trying to remove the dye, you can always have the desktop refinished, which is the final remedy if you can’t remove the dye as well. But for now here are some other things you can try: hairspray, Off bug spray, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, or as a very last resort non-acetone nail polish remover.