Iodine Stain Removal for Hard Surfaces
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Baking Soda
- Clean White Cloth or Paper Towels
- Nylon Scrubber Sponge
Iodine isn't just a stain concern on fabrics, carpets and upholstery. An iodine spill can just as easily stain hard surfaces like countertops, floors and sinks. As with fabrics, it's important not to use chlorine bleach to clean hard surfaces that have come in contact with iodine. The chemical reaction produced when chlorine bleach and iodine come together can stain any material, even hard surfaces.
Removing iodine from a hard surface, then, is often a matter of scouring the stain away. Baking soda is a safe alternative to scouring powders that contain chlorine bleach or other chemicals that can make matters worse. As an added bonus, baking soda is soft enough that there is little concern that it will scratch or etch surfaces.
As with fabrics, upholstery and carpets, it's best to attack the iodine stain as soon as possible to increase your odds of getting the stain out completely. Here's how to do it:
- Sponge the stain with a clean white cloth or paper towel dampened in water.
- Sprinkle baking soda liberally onto the stain.
- Work the baking soda into the stain by scrubbing with a nylon scrubber sponge.
- Wipe the baking soda residue away with a clean cloth or paper towel.
- Rinse by wiping with a damp cloth or paper towel.
- Repeat steps 2-5 until the stain is removed.