Spilled iodine on your clothes or home furniture? Do not be upset ahead of time. After all, there is always a tool at hand that will help you easily cope with this unpleasant, but not fatal problem. Our experts will advise you on how to do it quickly and efficiently.
On contact with clothing
If you accidentally get an iodine stain on your clothes, it won't be easy to remove, but it's worth trying, especially when the stain is fresh. Try to remove iodine with:
Starch – first of all, soak the product in warm water for 15 minutes, then squeeze out thoroughly, cover the stain with starch (do not regret it), gently rub it into the fabric. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the item thoroughly with clean water. If necessary, the procedure can be repeated a couple of times, after each well washing out the starch. All that remains is to wash the products in the standard mode.
Acetone is an excellent solution for removing iodine stains from items that should not be washed frequently. Soak a cotton pad in acetone and gently wipe the dirt until it disappears.
Ammonia – dilute 15 drops of ammonia in 250 ml of water, pour into a container with clothes, add 1 liter of clean warm water (based on a small item). Leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly and send to wash.
Ammonia – dilute 0.5 teaspoon of ammonia in 250 ml of warm water. Soak a cotton pad in the resulting composition and, without wringing it out, wipe the contaminated area of clothing and rinse with soapy water. Then send it to the wash.
On contact with furniture
For fabric-covered pieces of furniture, iodine stain can be dealt with by using one of the above cleaning methods. If the product is made of natural wood, do not worry – the iodine will evaporate after a while, leaving no traces on the surface. But from furniture made of plastic, MDF, leather / leatherette, glass, iodine can be removed using:
Potatoes – Peel a small potato (raw), cut a suitable piece. Rub the dirt thoroughly with it, if necessary, leave the potato directly on the furniture for a couple of hours – it will take away the remaining iodine.
Ascorbic acid – one tablet dissolved in 50 ml of water is enough to remove the stain. Using a cotton pad moistened with the prepared composition, gently wipe the surface until the contamination disappears.
Sodium thiosulfate – if you are fond of photography and the fixer stale at home, feel free to use it to fight iodine stains. Apply a small amount to the contaminated surface. Then wipe it down with a clean cloth.
On contact with the floor
We are talking about a field that is finished with wood coverings such as laminate or parquet, or covered with linoleum:
Baking soda – If the iodine hasn't been sufficiently absorbed into the floor surface, regular baking soda will help get rid of it. Lightly dampen the iodine stain with water and sprinkle a light layer of baking soda on it, then put a damp cloth on top. Leave it overnight. Then wipe with a clean cloth / sponge and rinse with water.
Whiteness is an effective remedy, but it requires patience. To remove the stain, you will need a couple of tablespoons of the bleach and 1 liter of water. Dissolve the whiteness in water and dip a small rag into the resulting composition. Squeeze it lightly and place it on the stain. Leave for a few hours, then be sure to wipe the floor in the whitened place with clean water.
Detergent (liquid) – You can use any detergent, but not abrasive, to remove iodine from the floor. A couple of drops of the product and a regular dishwashing sponge are enough. Lather it well and rub the stain thoroughly. Even if it is not completely removed, it will certainly become much lighter.