When ignited, smoke bombs release colored smoke. Smoke bombs are typically part of many Fourth of July celebrations in the United States along with many other fireworks. Used improperly, smoke bombs can stain clothes either with the smoke itself or from the bomb's dye getting wiped onto clothing. The stain removal process for smoke bomb stains on washable fabrics is similar to stain removal for most other dyes and smoke.
Things You'll Need
- Stain treatment liquid
- Laundry detergent
- Bleach or color-safe bleach
- Rubbing alcohol
- White rag
- Liquid dish soap
- White vinegar
Smoke Stains from Smoke Bombs
Spray the stain treatment liquid onto the stains.
Wash the items in the hottest water the fabric the fabric can handle without damage. Air-dry the items after washing.
Check the clothes for remaining stains. If the stain is still there, dampen a rag with rubbing alcohol and blot the stain.
Repeat Steps Two through Four until the stains are gone. This can take several washings depending on how well set the stain is.
Dye Stains from Smoke Bombs
Pre-treat the fabric. If the fabric is white and it is safe to use bleach on it, pour 1/4 cup bleach into 1 gallon of water and let soak for 30 minutes. If the fabric is colored or not bleach-safe, add 1/4 cup liquid dish soap and 1/4 cup white vinegar to a gallon of the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Let the item soak for 30 minutes.
Wring out the items and place them in the washing machine. Pour laundry detergent and bleach or color-safe bleach into the correct compartments of your washing machine. Wash the items that were in bleach separately from the items that were in the vinegar/soap mixture.
Launder the items in warm water. Allow to air-dry when finished.
Repeat Steps One through Three if the stain is still there.
Tips & Warnings
- Stains on leather, suede, fur and clothing labeled "dry-clean only" must be taken care of by professional cleaners.
- Treat the clothing items as soon as possible to keep the stain from setting.
- Use caution when handling bleach.
- Photo Credit smoke image by cherie from Fotolia.com
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