Removing Stains Left By Moving Blankets

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated June 13, 2016)

Everyone knows that moving blankets are supposed to be a great help when it comes time to move from point a to point b. Let's be honest, for the most part they are great. These blankets help protect some of our most fragile, delicate, or expensive possessions. However, there are times when these blankets will actually create a problem, such as a stain. Luckily, there are several different methods that you can use for removing stains left by moving blankets. Since these stains seem to so often appear on wooden furniture, all of these methods are designed with that in mind.

  • Lemon oil. Use a good quality lemon oil and a soft cotton cloth or diaper, to remove the stain left by moving blankets. Simply apply the oil to a the cotton cloth or diaper, and rub the oil into the wood. Use a circular motion, and be sure that you get the entire surface of the wood and not just the stained surface. Once the stain has been removed, simply buff the entire surface dry with another clean piece of cotton cloth. You will want to be sure that you read the ingredients on the "lemon oil" since a majority of them are primarily mineral spirits with only a small amount of actual lemon oil.
  • Refurbish. Another, though more extreme, method for cleaning a moving blanket's stain is to refurbish the wood. Lightly sand, or strip, the surface that has the stain. Use a light pressure only though as you are doing this, since you don't want to damage the surface. Usually once you have removed the stain using this method you will also have to repaint or re-stain the wood again.
  • Bleach. A less extreme method would be to lightly apply bleach to the affected area until the stain is gone. You will want to be careful as you do this though, since bleach can quickly cause a larger discoloration. Simply apply a little bleach to a soft cotton cloth, and wipe away at the stain. Allow the affected area to dry completely, and then reapply as needed. Stop the minute that you notice the stain has disappeared.
  • Paint or stain. A dramatic, though very effective, method for removing stains left by moving blankets would be to simply repaint or re-stain the affected piece of furniture. Why not use this as an excuse to give your new home a "new" piece of furniture by changing its look? While it may seem like cheating to simply hide the stain, it is an effective means for "removing" it.

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