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BLUEJAYWAYBLUEJAYWAY Posts: 8,014 ✭✭✭✭✭

A bit OT but I thought I would appeal to my learned brethren here on any tips you may have. Many here seem adept at cleaning various items. There are some brown stains on the bottom of a collectible box on the white area. The bottom of the box is all white cardboard save for the stain which encompasses about 1/3 of the bottom. The staining is a light tan. Not sure if it was caused by water. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    OAKSTAROAKSTAR Posts: 5,806 ✭✭✭✭✭

    To remove light stains on your cardboard boxes, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda into a spray bottle and fill it up with warm water after it has fizzled down. Spray it over the stained areas and then use an absorbent cloth to blot the stain out.

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    lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Since you said white I think bleach. I would take a Qtip with a little bleach on it and touch it around the edges of the brown to test it and see if it might work. And as instructions sometimes say in the least conspicuous place. :)

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    ShamikaShamika Posts: 18,760 ✭✭✭✭

    Whatever you do, be very careful! Many recommendations for cleaning paper products leave a chemical residue that penetrates the product and then slowly destroys it over time.

    As I collector of coin boards (also made from cardboard), I leave them as found. Trying to improve valuables often leads to disaster. Not worth the risk.

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    MartinMartin Posts: 833 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BLUEJAYWAY with this group of people the better question is how to get mustard stains out. Just saying

    Martin

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    lilolmelilolme Posts: 2,457 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Martin said:
    @BLUEJAYWAY with this group of people the better question is how to get mustard stains out. Just saying

    Martin

    And that would include @Martin.
    Just saying.

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    Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Bleach will slowly dissolve paper fiber, so ixnay on the eachblay. IMO. I suggest Oxy clean liquid, which does consume organic matter. Good luck. Peace Roy

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    PerryHallPerryHall Posts: 45,405 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'd leave well enough alone. There's too much of a chance that you'll make things worse.

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    BullsitterBullsitter Posts: 5,336 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Try these, they come in all sizes.

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I would not try any chemical on the box. The labels above, cut to fit, would be my choice. Cheers, RickO

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    Jzyskowski1Jzyskowski1 Posts: 6,651 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Just curious. What is the value of this box. Are they available from eBay or such? Maybe a picture would help. This is a very good question and a great chance to learn more about our hobby. Thanks 😀

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