Answered: How To Remove Cement Stains From Clothes

Have you ever worked with cement? It’s an adhesive used to bind construction materials together. At first, it is rather wet. But as it sets, it hardens and adheres to other surfaces to bind them together. You can use it as it is; it’s better, though, to bind sand and gravel together. Depending on the aggregates someone uses, you can produce different types of cement used for various purposes. For example, if you mix cement with fine aggregate, you will create mortar for masonry. Or, if you mix cement with sand and gravel, you will produce concrete.

close up of working clothes dirty with cement

Cement is a material you can find at any hardware store. Or you can easily make cement at home. Unfortunately, its relatively liquid texture can stain all the surfaces it contacts, including your clothes. Like mildew and oil stains, concrete stains are very stubborn and difficult to remove. Hopefully, you’ve got us by your side. We have some DIY ways how to remove cement stains from clothes.

How to remove cement stains from clothes

Once the cement dries is very tricky to remove. Whether you want to remove it from your paving slabs or a brick wall, there are some tips and tricks you can follow. But what can you do with your dirty work clothes? Here are some cleaning tips on removing dry cement dust stains from your clothes.

Method 1

Needed materials:

  • Sandpaper
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • A white cloth
  • Hot water
  • White vinegar
  • A spry bottle
  • A toothbrush

A woman pouring liquid detergent into the cap to use it for removing cement stains from clothes

Steps to follow:

  1. Try to remove as much dry cement as possible without pulling the fibres.
  2. Next, sand the dry cement gently. Be careful, though. You should rub lightly not to sand the fibres and create holes in your garment.
  3. Then, pour a drop of the laundry detergent onto the stain and hot water and rub it gently with a cloth.
  4. After that, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and spray it onto the stain. Let the vinegar stay in the affected area for a few hours.
  5. Once the time passes, use a toothbrush to loosen the cement and rub the stain.
  6. Finally, put your clothes in the washing machine and add your detergent and 1 cup of white vinegar. Run your washer and dry your clothing as usual.

Note: If you don’t manage to vanish the stain, you can repeat the whole process. You can also use a stain remover instead of vinegar.

Method 2

If you deal with wet cement dust stains, you should know that they’re more stubborn and that removing them is a trickier process. Here’s what you need for successful stain removal.

Needed materials:

  • A lime-based product
  • Plastic gloves
  • Water

Steps to follow:

  1. Put on your plastic gloves and grab a lime-based product. Cement is lime-based. Therefore the cleaning agent you should use has to be the same for guaranteed results.
  2. Apply the product onto the stain and rub it.
  3. Repeat the same procedure if you can’t remove the stain from the first attempt.
  4. Finally, rinse the problem area with clean cold water and then wash as usual.

Method 3

Another easy way to clean cement dust stain from fabrics is by using dishwashing detergent. Here’s everything you need  to know:

Needed materials:

  • ½ tsp. Of dishwashing detergent
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • White vinegar

Steps to follow: 

  1. Mix ½ tsp. of the detergent into 1 cup of warm water. Stir very well to dissolve the detergent.
  2. Then, apply the soapy water onto the cement dust stain and wait. It may take some time for the detergent to make the stain disappear.
  3. If the troubled area turns brownish when it dries, then mix 1 part vinegar and two parts water and apply the mixture onto the stain and blot. Toss it then in the washer and wash it as usual.

How to remove rubber cement stains

Have you used rubber cement? Rubber cement is a product used in crafting projects. It can adhere to two non-porous materials together. But what happens when contacts fabric? How can you remove such stains? Ready to find out?

a man with cement stains on his clothes holding a trowel and a saw

Removing rubber cement from clothes

Needed materials:

  • A nail file
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Cotton swabs
  • Laundry stain pre-treater

Steps to follow:

  1. Start by scraping as much of the rubber cement as possible using a nail file.
  2. Next, rub petroleum jelly onto the rubber cement stain and wipe it with a cotton swab.
  3. Then, spray your garment with a laundry stain pre-treater and wash it in the washer as usual.

Removing rubber cement from upholstery

Needed materials:

  • A plastic knife or spoon
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • A rag

Steps to follow:

  1. First, scrape the loose rubber cement off using a plastic knife or spoon.
  2. Then, apply dry cleaning solvent on the stain using a cloth and dab it onto the stained area until it is absorbed. Keep blotting the stain with the dry cleaning solvent until it vanishes.
  3. Finally, let the upholstery dry for two hours.

Removing rubber cement from carpets

Needed materials:

  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels
  • A clean white cloth
  • A dull knife
  • Detergent
  • A spray bottle

Steps to follow:

  1. Again, remove as much cement as possible using a dull knife or blotting with a white kitchen towel.
  2. Next, apply rubbing alcohol onto a clean cloth, paper towel or cotton ball. Rub in one direction and avoid using a circular motion, or else you may destroy the texture.
  3. Once you finish rubbing, create the detergent solution. Mix ¼ teaspoon of bleach-free washing detergent with a litre of water.
  4. Apply the soapy water into the stained area and blot with a clean rag.
  5. Then, fill a spray bottle with water and rinse the affected area. Blot immediately to remove excess moisture.
  6. If you keep seeing the stain, moisten the area again with hydrogen peroxide.
  7. Allow it an hour to stand and blot.
  8. Finally, apply an absorbent towel on the spot and dry it.

Building a wall with concrete blocks and mortar

There are many things you can do with cement. You can build a cement driveway a brick BBQ up to make concrete floors look like marble. The good news is that you can save your work clothes from concrete stains with the above cleaning tips. There are very easy to follow, and the most important part is that you don’t need any special stain removers. You have all the materials already at your disposal. Hence, the next time you end with a DIY craft project, follow one of the above cleaning methods and maintain your clothes cement-free.

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