Grapefruit stain removal can become necessary when that glass of grapefruit juice spills everywhere, or when eating your morning grapefruit some of the juice splatters onto your new blouse.
Grapefruit juice is rather acidic, so it is best to treat these stains as quickly as possible.
In fact, speed in treating a stain can make the difference between a permanent stain and getting it out easily and quickly.
In addition, if you let a stain caused by grapefruit dry it can become rather sticky and attract additional dirt and debris to the stained area, making it even worse.
Below are step by step instructions for removing stains caused by grapefruit juice from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rinse the excess grapefruit juice from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Pretreat the stain with a laundry stain remover.
Step 3: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the grapefruit stain, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color bleach if not.
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: Blot as much of the grapefruit juice up from the upholstery as possible, with paper towels or a clean white cloth, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the stain from the grapefruit juice 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 stain from the grapefruit is 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 grapefruit juice stain.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for grapefruit stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with the stain removal method above 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 stain removal solution.
You may also find this video on how to remove fruit juice stains from carpet helpful.
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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