5 Ways You Can Use Brake Cleaner to Get Out Stains

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Brake cleaner is an invaluable part of the braking system of a car. Dirty brakes, that are full of road residue, grease, and dust will cause the brake pad not to be able to grip the rotor like it should. Spraying some brake cleaner onto the brakes will get rid of the grime buildup. However, there is another use for brake cleaner that many people have been learning how to take advantage of: getting out stains.

Brake cleaner can be used in many situations where there are stains that are hard to remove. These stains can be in several places including your car, driveway, home, or pool. Here is a list of some of the ways that you can use brake cleaner to get out stains other than for use on brakes alone.

1. Stain Remover on Rugs

When you have a stain that has been deeply ingrained into the fibers of your rug, brake cleaner will help you remove it without having to replace that portion of the rug. Diluting a little bit of the brake cleaner with some water and spraying it directly to the rug will start the dissolving process. Let the cleaner set on the rug for about 20 minutes and then use a stiff brush to work the cleaner into the stain.

2. Stain Remover on Concrete

There are times when you drop something onto your garage floor, driveway, or patio. When this happens you can use some brake cleaner to get rid of that stain. Pour the brake cleaner directly onto the stain and let it set for a few minutes. Use a stiff brush and work the cleaner in a circular motion. The more you work it around, the more it should produce a thin foam. This will continue working at the stain until it is removed.

3. Remove Permanent Marker Stains

We have all seen instances where someone has used a permanent marker on a wall, a window, countertop, or another flat surface. This could have been by accident, or they were using a marker they did not realize was permanent. A small amount of brake cleaner and a sponge will work to get rid of the marker stain.

4. Remove Grease Stains in Clothes

Anyone who works on a car for any length of time will find that grease will invade just about anywhere. When you notice that your clothes have picked up some grease stains, throwing them in the wash is not going to work well enough to completely get rid of the stain. Rub some brake cleaner onto the spot and rub it into the stain. Set the clothes into a sink of water and hand wash it until the stain is removed.

5. Oil Stains on Floor

Anytime you change the oil in your vehicle you are risking some of the oil to be spilled onto the floor. When this happens you should throw some cat litter, or sand, onto the oil spill to pick up the wet portions. After sweeping it away you can then spray some brake cleaner onto the oil and rub the stain out with a rag.