Chlorine stains are annoyingly yellow in nature and can be very unsightly. Chlorine often works as the base in many bleaches and cleansers. However, excessive use can lead to stains in the form of patches on clothes, car seats, carpets and the like. Getting the stains out is not always a simple procedure. However, a few methods are worth a try before giving up on the fabric.
Sodium Thiosulphate for Chlorine Stains
Use sodium thiosulphate (photographic fixer) for a stain that is new or is just beginning. Dip a clean, absorbent cloth in sodium thiosulphate.
Look for sodium thiosulphate at your local water treatment supply, aquarium treatment supply or film developing supply store. Alternately, you could order it from the resource below. It may also be referred to as "Dechlor."
Blot the stain thoroughly with the cloth. Keep doing this until either the stain disappears, the fabric is unable to soak up any more of the chemical or the area is saturated with the sodium.
Rinse the area with water, and repeat the process if necessary.
Vinegar for Chlorine Stains
Avoid the use of chemicals, and opt for items found around the house. White vinegar works well.
Dab a vinegar-soaked cloth on the stain until you have completely saturated the stain and around it.
Rinse off the vinegar with water after a while, and repeat the process. Vinegar neutralizes chlorine stains and prevents them from becoming worse. It also clears off the stain that exists by removing a film that builds up on the cloth.
Markers for Chlorine Stains
Use fabric markers for stains that are particularly persistent. These are easily available in any crafts store.
Select the marker shade that most closely matches your fabric. Test the color on a hidden part of the fabric before using it on the stain.
Expose the cloth to direct sunlight. The rays of the sun will fade the area around the spot and even out the shades.
Touch up the marker-treated spot after each laundering session if necessary.
Color Strippers for Chlorine Stains
Use color strippers as a last option if all other methods of cleaning the stain fail.
Remove the item of any color with color stripper. Follow the manufacturer's directions on the package.
Dye the item a new color, or use it as is. In this way, you can salvage the item. You can also use color stripper as fabric whitener.