How to remove egg stains
Eggs may be an essential cooking ingredient, but when they stain fabric or carpet they can be a recipe for a big mess. Here's how to deal with egg stains quickly, and without fuss.
Removing egg stains from clothes or fabric
- To start, scrape off any excess with a spatula or flat-bladed knife. Next, blot the area with a sponge wet with cold water (never use warm or hot water as it can help to 'cook' the egg and make it harder to remove!)
- Next, soak the fabric in cold water and detergent for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- Wash, as usual in cold or warm water.
- If any stains remain, soak the fabric again, then wash as usual.
Removing egg stains from unwashable fabrics
- Scrape off any excess with a plastic spatula or flat-bladed knife - taking care with delicate fabrics.
- Lightly blot the surface of the stain, working from the outside in, with a sponge soaked in cold water and wrung out well.
- Lightly blot with a dry, white cloth.
- If any stain remains, or you're unsure of the fabric, seek professional advice.
Removing egg stains from carpet or furniture
A good egg turns bad when it falls onto carpets or furniture. If breakfast has spread further than the table, try the following method to remove any remaining stains.
- First things first: remove any excess. If the egg is cooked then you can simply scrape off excess with a plastic spatula or blunt-edged knife. Raw egg is a little more slippery, but try using a dustpan from a dustpan and broom or even a large spatula to get underneath the egg, and guide it onto the pan or spatula and safely into the rubbish bin.
- Place two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in a bowl with two cups of cold water (never warm or hot - you don't want to cook the egg and make it harder to remove.)
- Using a white cloth, start to sponge the stain, moving from the outside to the inside - don't scrub - until the stain disappears.
- Blot dry with a dry cloth between spongings.
- Pat with a cloth soaked in cold water to rinse, then pat dry with a dry cloth.
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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