Lemon stain removal can be important information to know when that lemon you are squeezing for your iced tea squirts everywhere.
Normally we think of lemons as something that can help get stains out, such as applying lemon juice to laundry stains for a natural whitener.
In fact, there are lots of uses of lemon juice for cleaning and stain removal.
However, lemons and lemon juice are acidic, and there are times where the lemon can actually cause the stain instead of removing it.
Therefore, these instructions can also come in handy if you use lemon juice as a stain remover, and then get stuck with a stain from the lemon itself.
Below are instructions for removing lemon stains from fabric, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of the lemon juice as possible.
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 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: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.
Step 2: Using this solution, sponge the stain from the lemon juice with a clean white cloth.
Step 3: Next, blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until the lemon stains are removed from the upholstery.
Step 5: 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 lemon juice.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for lemon juice stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this 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.
Like I said above, normally we think of lemons as something that can help us clean, instead of something that causes the stain.
You can share your tips for cleaning with lemon juice here, or read tips already submitted here.
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 James Bowe
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