How to Remove Lacquer Stains

Lacquer and varnish are used to give surfaces a beautiful shine, but the properties that allow the lacquer to stay on your tabletops and other surfaces also make it very difficult to remove when it stains materials that it shouldn’t. In this article, we’re going to look at how to remove lacquer stains.

How to Remove Lacquer Stains

How to Remove Lacquer Stains From Carpet

What you will need:

  • Dull knife
  • White paper towels, white cloths, or cotton ball(s)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dishwashing detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon dishwashing detergent per 1 quart of water)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional, only necessary in some cases)
  1. Remove as much of the lacquer as you possibly can by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping away with a dull knife.
  2. Apply the rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, paper towel, or cotton ball. Start to blot at the area until the spot is removed or the color stops being transferred into the cloth. Change the cloth as necessary. If the spot is only a surface stain, just rub it gently. At this point, you may eliminate the stain and you just need to wait for it to dry.
  3. Take the dishwashing detergent solution and apply it to the affected area. Use a different cloth, paper towel, or cotton ball to work the detergent into the area. If this appears to be making a difference, continue applying the dishwashing detergent mixture into the affected area and blot with the cloth until the lacquer spot is completely removed.
  4. Rinse the area with tap water, blotting to remove excess moisture. Then, spray again with more water, apply paper towels and a brick or other heavy object. Allow it to sit overnight so that the stain can finish being removed and so that the area can dry.
  5. If the stain is still not gone, moisten the area with hydrogen peroxide and allow it to stand for an hour. Blot and repeat until the stain is gone and repeat step four in order to dry the area. 

How to Remove Lacquer Stains From Washable Fabric

Many fabrics, especially those that are washable such as acrylics, burlap, cotton, linen, and polyester, are actually very simple to remove lacquer stains from. It will take time and some elbow grease, but getting rid of that unsightly lacquer stain will be worth it.

What you will need

  • Acetone (such as acetone based nail polish remover)
  • Absorbent pads
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  1. If the lacquer spill is recent, then take a few moments to sit down and scrape off the excess lacquer as soon as possible. This will allow you to see how deep the stain is (or if it actually stained at all).
  2. Take the fabric and place an absorbent pad underneath the place where the stain is located. Flush the affected area with the acetone several times, so that it goes through to the absorbent pad.
  3. When no more stain is being removed, switch out the pad and use the dry-cleaning solvent instead of the acetone. Flush the area several times.
  4. Allow the fabric to dry thoroughly. Launder as you usually would, but make sure to check the affected area before you throw the clothing in the dryer. If the stain is still there, allow the fabric to air dry and then repeat steps two and three until the stain is gone. If you were to put a stained piece of fabric or clothing in the dryer, it would make it more difficult to remove the stain because it would set in because of the dryer’s heat.