Strawberry stain removal techniques are important when you love strawberries, as many people do (like me and my whole family!).
When you get that big red stain on your clothes, upholstery or carpet one of the most important things to do is act quickly.
The sooner you treat any spot caused by strawberries, like any berry stain, the easier it will be to remove.
This is not to say you cannot remove older strawberry stains, but it will take more time and effort.
Below are instructions for how to remove these stains from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rinse any excess strawberry liquid or juice from the fabric, and flush the stained area with cool water, being careful not to spread the stain further.
Step 2: 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 3: Thoroughly rinse the fabric with clear cool water.
Step 4: If the spot is gone, move on to step 5 below. If not, sponge the stained area with rubbing alcohol and then, again, rinse thoroughly.
Hint: First spot test the use of the alcohol on the clothing in an inconspicuous area to make sure the alcohol will not harm the fabric.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it. Repeat if necessary.
Step 1: Blot up as much of the strawberry as possible, being careful not to spread the stain.
Step 2: Mix a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the spot with a clean white cloth.
Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the strawberry stain is removed from the upholstery.
Step 6: 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.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for strawberry stain removal from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
However, if you don't have luck with this stain removal 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 stain removal solution.
Hint: 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.
Hint: Please note that this solution may be milder on your carpet than the alcohol/vinegar solution, so you may want to try it first.
If you are dealing with a strawberry juice spill on your carpet you may also find this video on how to remove fruit juice stains from carpet helpful.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed for strawberry stain removal. Don't forget the suggestions above for natural or home remedies though.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed for strawberry stains, or removing berry stains in general, along with tips from readers about what products worked for them:
Tide To Go Pen
Soaking With Oxiclean
Carbona Stain Devil #8
Shaklee Laundry Products
White Bar Soap To Pretreat Laundry
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on strawberries, or any other stain.
I'm always looking for more tips and ideas for how to remove stains. You can share your berry stain removal tip here, for removing any type of berry stain. You can also read other tips already submitted, several with videos included.
In addition, this is one of the top Valentine's Day stains. You can check out the rest of them to make sure this romantic day stays enjoyable!
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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Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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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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