You can get cream stains from cream itself, but also from anything that contains this type of food, such as if the beverage or food contains creamer or cream sauces, etc.
Once you have such a stain you need to act quickly, or it can turn yellowy on you, and becomes more difficult to remove.
In addition, whenever you treat spots caused by cream do not use warm or hot water when first treating it, because it is a protein stain.
Basically, what heat does to a protein stain is to curdle it and set it deeper into the fabric, making it almost impossible to remove.
Therefore, always use cold water when treating these spots and marks.
Below are step by step instructions for removing these stains from your clothes, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold (not warm or hot) water to flush out as much of the cream as possible.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with liquid laundry detergent containing enzymes, soaking for 30 minutes in cold water, or in the alternative pretreat with an enzyme pretreater. Do not use hot water, because this can set it, and also cook the protein contained within the cream.
If the stain is older, you may need to soak even longer, perhaps even overnight.
Step 3: Launder the item.
Hint: Make sure the spot is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it.
If it is not gone let the item air dry and pretreat again with a laundry stain remover. Repeat laundering if necessary.
Step 1: Blot any excess cream from the upholstery, being careful not to spread it further into the upholstery.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: Now that it 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 cream.
In the alternative you may try to remove the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removing stains caused by cream from carpet is the same as for the dishwashing solution instructions above for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this method you can also do something additional with the carpet stain, which is to mix a solution of one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups warm water, and use this as a cleaning solution.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove cream stains. The key is to find products which contain enzymes, since this is one of the best ways to remove these spills and spots.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these stains:
Totally Toddler Stain Remover
Carbona Stain Devil #4
Madame Paulette Kit For Delicate Fabrics
Blue Magic Upholstery Cleaner
Dry Cleaning Solvent
Shout Free Pretreater
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on cream, or any other stain.
I'm always looking for more tips and ideas for how to remove stains. You can share your stain removal tip here, for removing stains caused by cream or anything else.
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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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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