How to Clean Whiteout


Whiteout or also known as correction fluid is a common item used by students and office workers. The most popular names and among the favorite for customers are Wite Out and Liquid Paper to name a few. The usage of correction fluid sometimes may spill on drop on your clothes, desk or other surfaces. It fluid is a difficult stain to clean and it may also penetrate into your fabrics and in the end becomes harden just like plaster. If it is left unattended, the stain may be permanent if it falls on certain types of fabrics. Below are some of the methods that you can use for cleaning whiteout and you need to test them accordingly before you start to clean on the affected area to make sure that it will not further damage it.

To clean whiteout, you need:

  • Spoon
  • Rag or Sponge
  • WD-40
  • Goo Gone
  • Window Cleaner
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Acetone-Based Nail-Polish Remover (optional)

Cleaning Whiteout

How to Clean Whiteout

  • If the whiteout falls on your fabric,
    • You need to scrape off as much as possible the correction fluid using your fingernail or you can also use a spoon if it is necessary.
  • Besides that, you can also use other alternative such as WD-40, Goo Gone as well as window cleaner.
    • Spray some of the products on the affected area of your fabrics and on both of its sides. Then, rub it and let it sit for at least five minutes.
    • Once finished, you must rinse the fabric completely by using warm water.
  • After that, you need to place some acetone-based nail-polish to help remove the stains on both sides of the affected area if you still could not manage to remove it. Let the polish sit for at least five minutes and then you have to rinse the fabric thoroughly. Normally, once you have applied this method, the correction fluid should be able to be removed from the fabric.
  • Another way that you do is to spray or rub a laundry stain remover onto the affected area of your fabric. Then, you have to wash the fabric by following the instruction set by the product’s manufacturer.

Always test any of the product that you decide to use such as WD-40 or nail polish remover on unused fabric before applying on the original fabric to see whether it will damaged your fabric or not.

  • As for cleaning whiteout on surfaces, you also need to scrape away all the correction fluid as much as possible using your fingernail or spoon. Do not use this method if your surface is made of wood.
  • Next, spray some WD-40, window cleaner or Goo Gone on the affected area that has stain and leave it for at least five minutes.
    • Then, you can use a wet rag or soft sponge in order to remove whiteout easily.

For wood surfaces, it is recommended that you only use WD-40 by spraying the product on a rag or paper towel before you start to gently rub it on the affected area.

  • If the stain still could not be removed, you need to soak the paper towel or rag with acetone-based nail polish remover. After that, lay the paper towel or rag on top of the affected area for at least five minutes.
    • Finally, once you have removed the stain, you have to rinse the stain using a clean rag or sponge. Normally after you have come to this stage, the stain should be able to be removed.

    Always remember that when you want to clean whiteout

    • Do not do it on your own if the fabric requires dry-clean method as you need to acquire professional cleaner to do the removal for you.
    • Remember not to wash the fabric until you have managed to remove the correction fluid stain.

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