Jam stain removal is essential to learn, because as soon as even a speck of jam falls onto your clothes, upholstery or carpeting it will most likely leave a stain.
Jam itself is not necessarily hard to get out, unless the fruit it is made of is also hard to get out.
Therefore, if the tips and techniques listed below do not seem to work well on the jam spot check the A-Z Stain Removal Guide to see the instructions for the specific fruit contained within the jam.
Some of the usual jam flavors include:
Step 1: Scrape off any excess jam from the fabric.
Step 2: Rinse any excess liquid from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water, being careful not to spread the spot further.
Step 3: Make a solution of half a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent, mixed with a tablespoon of white vinegar, and a quart of warm water. Let the stained fabric soak in this solution for about 15 minutes.
Step 4: Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clear cool water.
Hint: Make sure the spot is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Scrape off any excess jam from the upholstery, being careful not to spread it further.
Step 2: Blot up as much of the excess jam left behind as possible, again beinging careful not to spread the spot.
Step 3: Mix a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Step 4: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 5: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 7: Now that the spot 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 jam.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removal of jam stains from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this 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 as a cleaning solution.
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, try mixing a solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and two cups of warm water, and use this as a stain removal solution.
Please note that this solution may be milder on your carpet than the alcohol/vinegar solution, so you may want to try it first.
You can also watch this video demonstrating how to remove these stains from carpeting.
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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