Wiping Out Chalk Stains

Conventional white chalk is generally not going to be much of a problem. However, if you have children, you may occasionally find yourself struggling to remove brightly-colored chalk from your laundry. These chalks can prove to be a little more difficult, but you should be able to remove your chalk stains with the following steps:

  1. Start by shaking out as much chalk as you can. If the fabric can take it, consider beating the stained area.
  2. If the fabric in question is white or colorfast, consider applying rubbing alcohol if the chalk is still visible. Lay the fabric on a clean towel, and blot the area with another towel dipped in alcohol. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. If the chalk is no longer visible after shaking or blotting with alcohol, try washing the fabric normally. Double check to assure that the chalk is gone before drying.
  4. If you still see chalk, apply alcohol again. For fabrics that cannot safely be blotted with alcohol, try rubbing liquid detergent into the stain. Wash again, and then dry once you are satisfied that the stain has been removed.

In the event that you stain a fabric that cannot safely be washed conventionally, bring it in to our dry cleaning in Bellevue.