Correction fluid does a fantastic job of covering handwritten and printed mistakes, but it sometimes covers much more. When it gets on the hands it does not always easily come off. It depends upon the type, and it can cause a stain. In some cases the skin will come off before the correction fluid does when simply trying to peel or rub it away. It can also stain other surfaces. However, it is possible to remove correction fluid and the stain it leaves behind. The following information will help you clean it away quickly and easily.
Before using the following methods to remove a correction fluid stain from fabric and hard porous surfaces, perform a test in a small inconspicuous location and look for signs of further damage. Some surfaces such as varnished wood and plastic will be ruined by solutions such as rubbing alcohol and nail polish remover. If the item is stained and essentially ruined by correction fluid, chances are these methods to remove the stain will not do any further damage.
How to Remove a Correction Fluid Stain from Fabric
When fabric has been stained by correction fluid, the stain can be removed using a three-step method. Begin by scraping away as much of the correction fluid as possible. Next, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the inside and outside of the stain using a soft bristle toothbrush. It will help break it up. After a few minutes, apply nail polish remover to the stain using the same soft bristle toothbrush. Lastly, treat the stain with laundry detergent or laundry stain remover, and wash it as usual. Hopefully the stain comes out. If it does not, consider covering the area with an embroidered patch or another decorative method if possible.
How to Clean the Skin
Latex correction fluid usually comes right off when washing the skin, but some types do not. If correction fluid has stained the skin, apply a little nail polish remover using a cotton ball. Nail polish remover is obviously safe to use on the skin because it is used on around the nails. Be sure to wash it away after removing the correction fluid to help prevent irritation and dryness.
If nail polish remover does not work to remove the stain, paint thinner will definitely work, but it is not gentle on the skin. Do not use paint thinner on broken skin, and use extreme caution when using paint thinner to remove correction fluid. Proceed at your own risk, and wash the area thoroughly with soap and cool water after the application and attempt at removal.
How to Remove a Correction Fluid Stain from Hard Porous Surfaces
Hard porous surfaces are more difficult to clean when stained by correction fluid. Try applying citrus oil to the stain. Allow it to soak in for several minutes before briskly rubbing the area with a soft cloth. If the correction fluid is water-based it should come right off. If the correction fluid does not come off, the item will probably require refinishing.
Source: Personal Experience