Cranberry stains, cranberry sauce and cranberry juice stains, like all red stains, can be difficult to remove once they set.
Therefore, one of the most important tips for cranberry stain removal is to act as quickly as possible to remove the stain.
However, even if you don't get to the spot for a while, with some patience and effort you will most likely be able to remove (or significantly lighten) the stain.
Below are step by step instructions for how to remove cranberry juice stains and stains from other delicacies, such as cranberry sauce stains, from fabric, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rinse the excess liquid from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Make a solution of half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of cool water. Let the stained fabric soak in this solution for about 15 minutes.
Step 3: Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clear cool water.
Step 4: If a spot is still visible the next step is to apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the stained area, and then rinse the fabric with water again, thoroughly.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Blot up as much of the cranberry juice as possible, being careful not to spread the spot further.
Step 2: Mix a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: Now that the stain is removed you should get 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 from the cranberries.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removal of cranberry sauce and juice stains from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this stain removal method above you have two options:
First, you can mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and try that.
Please note though that ammonia and vinegar, because one is an alkali and the other an acid, will neutralize one another, so thoroughly rinse the alcohol/vinegar solution before trying the ammonia solution.
Second, you can try mixing a solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and two cups of warm water, and use this.
Please note that this detergent solution may be milder on your carpet than the alcohol/vinegar solution, so you may want to try it first.
You may also find this video on how to remove fruit juice stains from carpet helpful.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed for removing cranberry stains. Don't forget the suggestions above for natural or home remedies though.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed for removing berry stains:
Carbona Stain Devil #8
Taylor's Stain Rx Review
Tide To Go Pen
White Bar Soap For Pretreating
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on cranberries, or any other stain.
Do you have your own stain removal tip for removing cranberry stains? If so, submit your tip about removing stains caused by berries here, or read other tips already submitted.
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.
Third photo by karenandbrademerson and fourth photo by vieux bandit, from Flickr CC
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