Margarine stain removal techniques become important when that margarine you are eating, spread on that bread, gets anywhere it is not supposed to go.
Stains from margarine cause greasy spots on your fabric, upholstery or carpet, and can be unsightly.
Margarine is made from oils, and therefore must be removed like other types of oil stains.
The spots it leaves behind can also attract more oil and dirt, which means it is important to get them cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Below are step by step instructions for how to remove stains caused by margarine from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rub a small amount of dishwashing soap into the fabric where the stain is located.
Hint: You can rub in the dishwashing soap gently with an old toothbrush or other soft brush if you want to.
Step 2: Rinse the stained area well, flushing away both the margarine and the dishwashing liquid solution.
Step 3: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover.
Step 4: Launder in the hottest water allowed for the fabric to thoroughly remove the stain and the oil from the margarine.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place it in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Scrape up as much of the margarine as possible from the upholstery without spreading the stain further.
Step 2: Place an absorbent, such as cornstarch or baking soda, onto the stain, and let it soak in for approximately 15 minutes. This will help absorb the oily portion of the stain caused by the margarine.
Step 3: Scrape or vacuum up the absorbent, which has absorbed some of the margarine.
Hint: Depending on the amount of the margarine spilled (and how melted it was when it spilled) you may need to repeat this step a couple of times until no more margarine is absorbed by the baking soda or cornstarch.
Step 4: For the margarine still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain caused by it with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 5: Next, blot at the stain until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
If that does not work you can mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting at the solution until the liquid is absorbed, and the stain removed.
Once the stain from the margarine is gone use 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 caused by the margarine.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removing stains caused by margarine from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
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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