You can get soy sauce stains while cooking your Chinese food, or if the whole bottle drops on the floor.
Soy sauce tastes good, but it isn't great looking on your clothing, upholstery or carpet.
This is especially true because soy sauce is a dark colored liquid, so the stains are very noticeable.
As with most stains the quicker you begin to remove it the easier it will be, because it will not have time to set.
This is not to say that if your stain from soy sauce is old you cannot remove it, but instead that it will just take more time and effort.
Step 1: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of the soy sauce as possible.
Step 2: Wet a clean white, nonlinting cloth with ammonia, and sponge this onto the stained area of the fabric.
Hint: Test the ammonia on the fabric in an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not harm the fabric.
Step 3: Blot at the stain caused by the soy sauce. Repeat until as much of the soy sauce, as possible, is removed from the clothing.
Step 5: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the stain, and add color (non-chlorine) bleach.
CAUTION: Do not add chlorine bleach to the laundry because you have previously treated the stain with ammonia. Ammonia and chlorine bleach react with one another to create a poisonous gas.
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 up as much of the excess soy sauce as possible from the upholstery, 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 soy sauce 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 soy sauce 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 stain from the soy sauce.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for soy sauce 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.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove soy sauce stains.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these stains:
Carbona Stain Devil #2 For Condiments
Oxiclean Carpet Spot & Stain Remover
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on soy sauce, or any other stain.
I'm always looking for more tips and ideas for how to remove stains. You can share your stain removal tip here, for removing stains caused by soy sauce or anything else.
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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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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