How To Get Rid Of Scorch Marks
Ironing clothes is a boring household chore. Imagine standing for an hour and running the iron through the big pile of wrinkled clothes – quite weary, right? That is why most people who are ironing clothes are doing their chore in front of the television. Watching the TV while ironing makes this house chore bearable but, it also has one big downside. There are instances when, because of short entertainment, some people forget that they are ironing and they accidentally cause the cloth to get scorch marks.
Once the cloth has been accidentally burned, do not just throw them away like most people do. While there is still not 100% solution in removing scorch marks, there are a few things that you can do to make the burnt area appear less visible. If you ever encounter that ironing misfortune again, just refer to these tips and tricks on how to get rid of scorch marks instead of putting your clothes to the dumpster.
Soak in cold water
The low temperature of the cold water will instantly react with the scorch mark. So as soon as you find out that you have burned your cloth, get a basin filled with cold water and submerge the cloth in it right away. Leave the cloth soaked in the cold water for a couple of hours, or just leave them overnight. Come morning time, you can just wash your cloth as you normally would. This should make the scorch mark appear less visible.
Use hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has active chemicals that can lighten up the scorch mark. Simply get a piece of cloth and soak it on hydrogen peroxide. Then, squeeze that cloth and place it over the burnt cloth. Preheat the iron and set it on low. Then, press the iron against the two fabrics. Be careful when doing this if you do not want to end up with another problem.
Sprinkle some cornstarch
For mild scorch marks, you can try using cornstarch. Simply wet the burnt mark with cold water first then sprinkle liberal amount of cornstarch over it. After a few hours, dust off the cornstarch, rinse the fabric and let it dry naturally.
Vinegar is highly acidic and its acetic contents are great in removing cloth stains. Just get a piece of old cloth or sponge and dip it in vinegar. Rub the cloth or sponge against the scorch mark. Just gently work on the scorch mark until it disappears. After you have removed much of the scorch mark, just wash the cloth and allow it to dry.
If the burnt fabric is white in color, then you can just use bleach to lighten up the scorch mark. Fill a basin with cold water and add some ounces of bleach into it. Then, submerge the cloth with scorch mark in this solution. Leave the cloth soaked in bleach and water for about an hour. Then, wash the cloth with detergent and water. Hang the clothes outside so that the bleaching powers of the sun can aid in removing the scorch mark as well.
If the burn cloth is in color other than white, bleaching is not really advised. However, if you have that bleach for colored fabrics, then you can try to use it to remove the scorch mark. Just follow the same instruction as bleaching with white fabrics.