How to Remove Silver Nitrate Stains

Silver nitrate has many uses in today's world, ranging from photography and ceramics to the laboratory. During use, accidents can and will inevitably happen, and the silver nitrate will be spilled on clothes, fabrics and surfaces. Silver nitrate is a tough stain to remove, and removal requires harsh chemicals. This task can be tedious, and a test must be done on fabric to ensure the fabric color will remain the same.

Step 1

Put on latex gloves.

Step 2

Apply a bit of ammonia solution to an unseen area of the fabric, such as a hidden seam. If there is no color change in the fabric, the solution can be used.

Step 3

Dab a little ammonia solution on the stain.

Step 4

Scrub with the scrubber side of a sponge for durable fabrics and the soft side for delicate fabrics.

Step 5

Apply more ammonia solution and continue scrubbing until the stain comes out.

Step 6

Rinse the solution from the fabric.