10 Ways to remove stains from cannabis concentrates

Published Jan 13, 2022 02:00 p.m. ET
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Even with the protection a rolling tray has to offer, it’s inevitable that a drop or two of thick, sticky concentrate will eventually make it outside of those sloped edges, landing squarely on something you’d prefer to keep clean. It could be a light coloured rug or carpet, a table or countertop, or on the hem of your favourite shirt, resulting in a gut-turning feeling as you already know just how hard it is to undo this disaster no matter how small the damage may seem.

Whether you’re looking to remove stains from carpet, clothing, or hard surfaces, finding an effective solution is possible. However, it is important to keep in mind that it’s best to use the mildest cleanser possible to avoid accidental damage in the process. With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to a list of ten ways to tackle the issue, starting with the least abrasive and ending with options that might require protective gear and spot tests to apply properly.

1. Dish soap

Dish soap is the ultimate first choice because it’s in pretty much every household, and it’s so incredibly mild to work with that gloves aren’t necessary. It won’t bleach or alter the colour of material, and it will not eat away at clear protective coatings on tables or countertops.

2. Heat

This method is best applied alongside one of the many others here, as it won’t remove all residue from any surface. However, it will soften things up enough to make it easier to remove stains from clothes and carpet with ease. A blow dryer for hair is typically the ideal tool to shoot hot air, as it’s cool enough to avoid scalding and also warm enough to get things moving.

3. Vinegar and salt

Vinegar is a cleaning favourite among those with sensitivities to chemicals and artificial scents because it cuts through grease and grime, leaving virtually no residue behind, and it doesn’t generally impact the colour of materials or sealed surfaces of tables and countertops. It’s cheap and effective, but it’s not always strong enough alone to get the job done.

4. Clorox laundry stain remover

Now we’re getting into slightly more abrasive cleaning solutions, so it’s time to get out the gloves before sprinkling a bit of Clorox stain remover onto the affected area. When using powder, a small amount of water might also be required along with a bit of scrubbing in circular motions to work out the concentrate. It is however important to note that this method includes bleach, so it’s a good idea to perform a spot test before taking this project too far.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol is a powerful and known skin irritant, so don’t forget to get out some gloves before pouring a small amount on a test strip of surface/material because it might be too strong of a solution. Unfortunately, alcohol may change the colour of some materials and it’s effective for removing sealant from wood tabletops so be selective, careful and use it sparingly. Also, remember to blot the affected area with a paper towel to lift any sticky resin to avoid unnecessary damage.

6. Bong cleaner

Bong cleaners come in all different shapes, sizes, and ingredient combinations, so it’s hard to say how strong yours might be and whether or not you’ll need gloves, but all of these pre-made solutions are designed specifically to break up sticky grime inside of devices, so it makes sense to assume it could also work to remove stains from carpet, clothes, and other surfaces.

7. Vim bathroom

Vim bathroom comes in bleach and no bleach formulas, so be sure to get the one without if you’re working to clean something that’s a bright colour. It’s a cream, making it really easy to apply just enough to soak through a stain without affecting areas around the treated spot. This cleaner is also relatively gentle on the skin and materials, so damage is far less likely than with other options on this list. Still, gloves might be a good idea.

8. Nail polish remover

Nail polish remover usually consists of acetone combined with several other ingredients to soften the blow of its power and do things like moisturizing. It’s potent but generally gentle enough to leave colours unaffected, and it’s often more than strong enough to eat away at sticky concentrate, making it easier to wipe or blot away.

9. 100% acetone

Nail polish remover is often a great choice when you want to avoid harsh chemical burns that may change the colour of fabrics or dissolve the stain and protective coating on tables, but when it’s not quite enough, 100% acetone might be. It’s strong with no additives, and that’s why it gets the job done. You’ll also want gloves to handle it, to avoid rashes or excessive drying.

10. Drain cleaner

Drain cleaner should be a last resort only useful on rough and tough surfaces such as cement which is usually porous, attracting stains. It will eat through carpets, clothes, and just about anything else it’s applied to, so proceed with caution when it’s in use, and don’t forget protective gear like goggles and gloves.

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