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sunbeam
SILVER Member since Nov 2001

sunbeam

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Location: Madrid

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Posted:Emergency!

I made some people come out and play with me and now they're moaning that the paraffin won't come out of their clothes.

Any advice welcome - I really don't want it to put them off and it'd be great to tell them how to get it off if there is a way.

Thanks


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polythene


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Posted:There are a couple of threads already, but not under paraffin. Do a search for KEROSENE smell, there's a couple of good ones.

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coleman
SILVER Member since Aug 2002

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Posted:please don't hate me for this - i'm really not taking the piss here.

can't they just put them in a washing machine...?

i use cotton clothing when i spin fire. i used to spin in dirty old clothes (for painting and whatever) and often got both paraffin and black soot on my clothes.
nowdays i spin in whatever i happen to be wearing (i always ensure its not synthetic fibres though) but still hit myslef now and again and get showered from spin-offs.

i just use persil non-bio tablets (and ace bleach when required) and it seems to do the trick every time.

unless your friends were wearing silk shirts and satin pantaloons, the fuel should wash straight out (if not first time then at worst after a couple of washes).

maybe suggest they spin in some old clothes next time?

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Posted:I'm getting flashbacks of Small Boy's shirt being on fire

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flid
BRONZE Member since Aug 2002

flid

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Location: Warwickshire

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Posted:I also have no problems washing it out of cotton clothes in a washing machine, and i used crappy/flakey Ecover, which has about as much cleaning power as the amount of matching socks i own.

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sunbeam
SILVER Member since Nov 2001

sunbeam

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Location: Madrid

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Posted:cheers guys

i will print this up for them so they know how silly they are

i don't care about the smell - i LOVE the smell of paraffin anyway and I agree, it usually comes out with a couple of washes I just wanted some back-up so thanks for providing my defence!!


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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

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Posted:i just buy new clothes..

or go naked.


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dR pSYcHo
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Posted:Burn them!! (the clothes not the people.... Well your choice )

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Kaji


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Posted:um whats wrong with the kero smell? I smell kero and i start to drool....

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floki
GOLD Member since Jan 2003

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Posted:granny tries to explain in her bad english : you have to put a towl between the clothing-piece and the iron ... the wax (if you mean this with parrafine) will mellt and be taken up by the towl ... give it a try ... think it should work out ... and for the next time they should be more carefull ... SUCCES !

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dj_goose


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Posted:The parrafin is a liquid, i used it all last year to breathe fire with, i can just imagine trying to spurt a lump of wax out of my mouth hoping to make an explosion. It always seems to be the way that u never spill the shit on old clothes but always on the ones u have just bought, which i think just serves me right for being a smart arse and wearing new clothes to breathe fire. To get it out, just leave it to soak overnight in a water, detergent mix and then stick it in the washing machine. Generally does the job. Cheers

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Psyri
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

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Location: Berkshire, UK

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Posted:Tht sounds like my purchasing of new clothes tht I put in my nicley unknown soaked bag... of paraffin... I'm getting used to smelling like this... lol
I do take showers and I do have a washing machine but I cant avoid the stuff. lol


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Charles
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Posted:Ok, ok, so you guys can get it out of your clothes.

how do you get sooty finger smudges off cream coloured wallpaper?

(not that I have any reason to ask this, i just thought it might continue the thread a bit more...)


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Posted:beleive it or not just use some butter, it works for everything. clothing, hands, faces, whateva

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Posted:or peanutbutter for extra stubborn stains!

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Psyri
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Psyri

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Location: Berkshire, UK

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Posted:Old wives remedies... lovely, like tht crap I heard abt putting cling film oon minor burns. lol
Yeah how do u get sooty marks out of you figernails may I add, I mean like really bad? I cant get rid of it and its putting the customers off.
And I'll moan abt getting soot on my art work 2! ARGH!


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Posted:I am being serious....use butter and then some hot water to get it off....how could u not trust this face???????

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Posted:quote:or go naked Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

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Posted:Bump looking for new info.



Our paraffin stove leaked in the trailer on the way back from play.

Lots of our stuff now stinks of Paraffin frown



They have been through the wash already and all still stink.



Is it simply a question of rewashing everything until the smell is gone?



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Fire_Moose
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Posted:Doesnt it evaporate? I'd try leaving it in the sun for a day and see how that works.

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

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Posted:unfortuantly, you are then making it a concentrated smell. The chemically bits in paraffin just stick/ get absorbed into the fibres in the clothes and the water in the paraffin evaporates.

Or so I think If anyone knows otherwise, please tell smile


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Posted:We had a bucket last year with a baking soda/water mix for getting the stuff off our skin. Came in handy when doing 10 shows a weekend, and maybe this could translate into clothing as well.

Also since paraffin is a petrol product, washing it with only water can sometimes feel like... dare I say it... mixing oil and water wink


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UCOF
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Posted:Ive tried the baking soda idea, I think that might have worked.
I'll go sniff the items deeply and see if I faint smile


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Posted:Glad I could help beerchug

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

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Posted:Erm, no, you're wrong. Paraffin *is* the chemical bit of paraffin (like water is the chemical bit of water). It's made by distillation of oil, which means it evaporates at a certain temperature and then is cooled and caught in a big tub and sold to spinners.

So if you put the offending articles in the sun for a while, most of the smell should go out. I put a smelly bit of paraffini-soaked leather on the heating in winter one year, and it was fine after half a day. Baking soda is unlikely to help much I think.


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