Lime stains can occur anytime lime juice gets on fabric, upholstery or carpet and stays there for a while.
If you deal with a drip or spill of lime juice immediately it is not likely to leave a stain.
That is because lime juice is very light in color.
Lime juice stains typically occur if you don't try to remove the spill right away.
Therefore, the faster you deal with spills regarding limes and lime juice the easier it is to get these stains out.
Even if the stain is old, however, you should be able to remove it. It will just take a bit more effort than if it is fresh.
Below is information regarding lime stain removal for fabric, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of the lime 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 lime 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 lime juice 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 lime.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removal of stains caused by lime 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.
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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