What Removes Furniture Polish Stains?

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Cleaning your furniture with polish can sometimes results in more cleaning when the stain gets on items that were not meant to be polished, such as upholstery and carpet. When this happens, don't panic -- furniture polish can be removed. Furnish-polish stains can be removed with a number of easily found products.

Dry-Cleaning Solvent

  • Dry-cleaning solvent is typically used to remove stains from upholstery. Use dry-cleaning solvent to remove furniture-polish stains on both upholstery and carpet. Apply the solvent to a clean cloth or sponge and blot at the stain. Continue applying the solvent and blotting until the stain is invisible. Purchase dry-cleaning solvent at furniture stores, hardware stores or at dry-cleaning shops.

Isopropyl Alcohol

  • Use isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol, combined with water to remove furniture-polish stains from carpet or tile. Combine 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray the stained area and blot with a clean rag. If the mixture is not removing the stain, increase the mixture to half rubbing alcohol to half water and repeat process.

Dish-Washing Liquid

  • Dish-washing liquid helps break down the grease contained in furniture polish. On upholstery, add a few drops of dish-washing liquid onto the stain let it rest for a few minutes. Use a clean, wet cloth to blot the stain. For carpet and other surfaces, combine 1 tablespoon of dish-washing liquid with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Spray the stain with the mixture and blot with a clean, dry cloth.

Pre-Wash Stain Remover

  • Furniture-polish stains on clothes can be removed. Use a pre-wash stain remover that can be purchased at a grocery store. Launder the piece of clothing normally. If the stain remains after laundering, rewash the clothing using chlorine bleach if it is safe for the fabric. Don't dry the garment until the stain is removed.

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