Butter stain removal techniques are essential for any home cook, because as you cook butter can easily splatter on your clothes and cause a stain.
Further, melted butter can easily drip off your food onto any other items around the house, like your upholstered furniture or carpet.
No matter where that butter drips or splatters it leaves a greasy stain which can be difficult to remove, even with multiple washings.
Further, the greasy stain can get set if it runs through the dryer.
Therefore, below are step by step instructions for how to remove stains caused by butter from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rub a small amount of hand dishwashing soap into the fabric.
Step 2: Rinse the stained area well, flushing away both the butter and the dishwashing liquid solution.
Step 4: Launder in the hottest water allowed for the fabric to thoroughly remove the stain and the oil from the butter.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Scrape up as much of the butter as possible from the upholstery without spreading the stain further.
Step 2: Place an absorbent, such as cornstarch or baking soda, onto the stain, and let it soak in for approximately 15 minutes. This will help absorb the oily portion of the stain caused by the butter.
Step 3: Scrape or vacuum up the absorbent, which has absorbed some of the butter.
Hint: Depending on the amount of the butter spilled (and how melted it was when it spilled) you may need to repeat this step a couple of times until no more butter is absorbed by the baking soda or cornstarch.
Step 4: For the butter still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain caused by the butter with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 5: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the butter stains are removed from the upholstery.
If that does not work you can mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting at the stain until the liquid is absorbed, and the stain removed.
Once the stain from the butter is gone use plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain caused by the butter.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for butter stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed for butter stain removal. Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these stains, or where a reader has had luck with a particular product:
Presoaking With Oxiclean
Food Grease Out Of Clothes With Dish Washing Liquid
Carbona Stain Devil #5
Shout Advanced Ultra Gel
Dry Cleaning Solvent
Restaurant Server Uses Lestoil
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on butter or any other stain.
Do you have your own stain removal tip for removing stains caused by butter? If so, submit your tip about removing stains caused by butter here, or read other tips which have already been submitted.
I know this whole page is devoted to sharing tips for butter stain removal, but sometimes butter actually can be used to clean things up instead of just making a mess.
Here's a tip from a reader who shared how to get tree sap off your hands using butter.
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
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Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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