How to Get Coal Out of Clothes With 3 Easy Ways

Are your work clothes covered in coal dust? If soot or dirt from coal ends up on your work clothes, it can be difficult to remove. In fact, you may have to replace the clothing if it cannot be salvaged.

Coal is a fossil fuel composed primarily of carbons and hydrocarbons. Its ingredients help make it an efficient and affordable fuel source when burned. 

How to Get Coal Out of Clothes

However, the same properties that make coal such a good fuel also make it difficult to remove once it gets on clothing.

Does Coal Stain Clothes

As you’re probably aware, charcoal is a dark grey or black carbon material that’s most commonly used for cooking and drawing. It’s very porous, which allows it to absorb liquids and other substances very easily. 

Unfortunately, this means that coal can also stain a variety of surfaces if it comes into contact with the wrong things.

Coal stains are treacherous because they’re extremely difficult to remove from most fabrics. In fact, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them completely. 

However, there are some things you can do to get coal stains out of clothes.

Does Coal Wash Out of Clothes?

You can remove coal stains from clothes but you must do it with care to avoid making the stains worse. Coal is actually a soft stone that consists of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur. It can leave dark marks on your clothes if you handle it without gloves or if your coal stove emits soot that lands on your clothing.

How to Get Coal Out of Clothes

Dishwashing Soap

  1. Remove as much coal from the clothing as possible by picking off any large pieces that are stuck.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
  3. Sponge the stain with the detergent solution using a clean white cloth, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
  4. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with one cup of water and sponge the stain with this solution. 
  5. Blot until the solvent is absorbed. 
  6. Wash as usual with the hottest water temperature.

Distilled White Vinegar and Laundry Detergent

Coal, a form of carbon, is black in color and can stain your clothing permanently if not removed quickly. The stains are almost impossible to remove completely without special cleaning techniques.

  1. Pour 3/4 cup of white distilled vinegar with 1/2 cup laundry detergent and warm water into a plastic bucket, mixing with your hands until the ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Submerge the coal-stained clothes in the solution, pushing them down so they’re completely covered. 
  3. Rub the solution into the coal stains with your hands, allowing it to sit for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove and rinse them with warm water, then launder them in hot water with laundry detergent and oxygen bleach.

Stain Remover

  1. Try to lightly brush off or shake any loose coal pieces that may still be on the clothing. If possible, remove any excess coal from the fibers before moving on to the next step.
  2. Use a laundry stain remover to pre-treat any remaining stains. 
  3. Apply the stain remover directly to the stain and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before throwing the item in the wash. 
  4. You can also use another liquid detergent that is safe for your fabric type, hand soap, or dish soap if you don’t have a stain remover on hand.
  5. Launder the clothing at the hottest allowable temperature. 
  6. Check your clothing labels and use whichever temperature is recommended by using an appropriate amount of detergent, according to your washing machine’s instructions. 
  7. If hot water isn’t recommended or available (for example, if you’re dealing with wool or silk), use warm water instead and add a bit more detergent than usual.

How to Get Coal Out of Carpet

If you have a charcoal stain on your carpet, you can try to remove the stain yourself. There are some products that you will need to have on hand in order to do this.

  1. You will need a spoon, warm water, liquid dishwashing detergent, a clean white cloth and paper towels. 
  2. First of all, you want to make sure that the product that is used for removing the stain does not contain bleach. 
  3. If it does contain bleach, it can bleach out other dyes in your carpet and create a larger problem than the one that you started with. 
  4. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water. 
  5. Sponge to blot the dishwashing liquid detergent into the stain with a clean white clot
  6. Add more detergent as you blot until the charcoal stain disappears.

How to Get Coal Out of Upholstery

  1. Do not rub the stain. This will only spread it further into the fabric, making it harder to remove.
  2. To get coal out of upholstery, you need a product that is formulated to dissolve the oils that often accompany coal.
  3. Test dry cleaning solvent on an inconspicuous area to be sure it does not damage your upholstery.
  4. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
  5. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
  6. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
  7. If any stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
  8. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat Steps 7 and 8 until the stain disappears.

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