How to remove tomato sauce stains
By Kidspot Team
How to remove tomato sauce stains
Tomato sauce is a staple food in many kid's diets. It makes spaghetti bolgnaise a treat, is an essential on your sausage sandwich - but spill a little on your clothes and oh, the stain that remains. But there's a simple trick to ridding tomato stains - read on to find out more.

Removing tomato stains from clothes or fabrics

Tomato sauce has an uncanny ability to avoid the mouth, bib or napkin and settle cosily into clothing. But it's actually quite easily removed - with the sun. UV rays break down tomato stains so simply launder clothes as usual and hang out in the sun - stain side facing out. By the time it's dry the stain will have faded away like magic. This also works for plastic containers that have been used to store tomato based products - simply pop them out in the sun.

Removing tomato stains from unwashable fabrics

  • Scrape off as much the tomato as possible, without spreading it further.
  • Using a damp sponge, gently blot at the stain to remove any liquid.
  • Use a dry, clean cloth to blot dry
  • Move the item into the sunshine to allow the UV rays to break down any remaining stain.

Removing tomato stains from carpet or furniture

Unless you live in a home completely wrapped in plastic, chances are you'll end up with tomato staining your carpet or furniture.

  • Scrape off any excess using a plastic spatula or a flat-edged butter knife.
  • Use a damp sponge to gently blot the stain
  • Use a dry cloth to alternately blot the stain dry
  • If possible, move the stained furniture into the sunshine to allow the UV rays to break down the stain. Alternatively, you can high a UV light to help.
  • If the stain persists try rubbing a cut lemon over the stain (test on an inconspicuous area first).

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 dry cleaners.
  • 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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