How to remove berry stains
Berries are a nutritious snack for kids, but if those juicy little berries splash and stain kids' clothes, never fear! With these stain removal tips, most berry stains will vanish.
How to remove berry stains on clothing
Berries are an organic stain which responds well to organic, natural products. And you know what berry stains respond to best? Laundering and a splash of sunlight. Hurrah.
- Start by removing any excess berry and then rinsing the stain well by running water through the stain from the back of the fabric.
Wash the stain as usual and check the stain has faded.
- Then hang, or lay, the stained item in the sun to let the UV rays do their magic.
- If the stain still remains, try sponging it with lemon juice or rub a lemon slice over the stain. Flush with water. Blot as much excess liquid as is possible and then allow to dry.
- If you can still see the stain, try soaking overnight in water and detergent and repeating the process.
How to remove berry stains on unwashable fabrics
- Remove as much of the berry as possible by mopping up with a dry cloth.
- Soak a sponge in cold water and wring as much out as possible. Then gently wipe up as much of the stain as you can.
- Hang the item on a hanger, or lay flat on a towel, in the sunshine where the UV rays will act to break down the stain.
How to remove berry stains on carpets or furnishings
Okay, you need to act quickly with berry stains on the carpet or couch.
- Start by carefully removing as much excess fruit and juice as possible, being careful to blot rather than wiping which will spread the stain.
- In a bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 3 cups of warm water.
- Use a clean sponge to gently wash the stain, blotting with a dry cloth as you go.
- Have patience, it will take a while, but careful and regular blotting will remove the stain.
Stain remover notes
- The quicker you deal with a stain, the more likely you are to remove it.
- Unless it’s a fat stain, cold water is best for rinsing a stain, so as not to set it and make it harder to remove later.
- Before using a cleaning solution, test on an inconspicuous section, such as the inside of a sleeve, to check it won’t ruin the fabric.
- Always rinse out one cleaning solution before trying another to remove a stain as certain chemicals are not supposed to be mixed.
- Read the care instructions on the item of clothing before attempting vigorous stain removal. Some clothing may be too delicate to attempt stain removal and are better taken straight to the drycleaners.
- Don’t rub fabric harshly to remove stains as this can abrade fibres and cause fading.
- The white towel blotting method is often recommended for stain removal. Simply fold a clean white towel and, once you have treated the stain with water, gently dab it with the towel and check to see how much of the stain has transferred to the white towel.
- If using commercial stain removers and detergents, always follow the product label to understand the proper use and safety precautions you may need to take.
- It’s always easier to treat a stain on a washable fabric.
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