Blueberry Stain Removal Solutions
This is your step by step guide to blueberry stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.
If a slice of blueberry pie splatters on your new white shirt or carpet, there’s no need to fear. Follow these strategies to get rid of blueberry spots.
Below are solutions on how to remove blueberry stains from clothes & fabrics and removing blueberry stains from carpets & upholstery.
Description: The fruit of any of numerous plants of the genus Vaccinium, having white to reddish, urn-shaped or tubular flowers and edible blue to blue-black berries. Berries comprise any number of foods, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries. Botanically speaking, a “true” berry has seeds on the inside, not on the outside. Therefore, “true” berries include the grape, tomato, and eggplant but not the raspberry, blackberry, or strawberry.
You cannot relax your vigilance against this stain in any particular season, as you may encounter the juice or flesh of a berry at any time of year. There is an increased chance of stain during summer, when numerous berries are in season locally, depending on your climate. Berries play a more prominent role in desserts, entrees, and snacks during these hot months.
Berries are eaten throughout the day, and can therefore stain at any time. Pay careful attention when sipping juice, putting berries on cereal, or when devouring a strawberry or cherry pie for dessert after dinner.
Blueberry Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics
For fresh berry stains on fabric -
1. Treat the stain as soon as possible. Use a dull knife or spoon to remove as much as possible. If you cannot treat the stain immediately, sprinkle it with salt.
2. Rinse any remaining stain well with cold water.
3. Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain. Do not use bar or natural soap of any kind on the fabric or the stain will set.
4. Let stand several minutes, then rinse the back of the stain well in hot water, letting the water pass quickly through the fabric.
5. If the stain remains, stretch the stained fabric stain-side down over a basin. Boil 3 or more cups of water and carefully pour over the stain from a height of 1 to 2 feet. (This may require 2 people.) This procedure will force the stain through the fabric. If you’re the only one on stain duty, run the faucet water as hot as possible and carefully hold the stain under it.
6. If the stain remains, apply a laundry presoak (spot stain remover) and launder with liquid enzyme detergent.
7. If the stain remains, sponge it with a light bleach solution, such as equal parts white vinegar and water. Rinse well and let dry in sunlight. Repeat as needed until no more stain can be removed.
8. Apply laundry presoak and relaunder with enzyme detergent.
9. If the stain remains, rub enzyme detergent into the stain and soak in water up to 1 hour or until the stain is removed. Rinse well and launder.
For dried stains on fabric –
1. Make a paste of borax and water (at a ratio of approximately 3 to 1) and spread onto the stain.
2. Let stand 15 minutes, then rinse. If borax is not available, rub glycerin into the stain and let stand for 1 hour. Rinse.
3. See steps 3 through 9 for fresh stains, above.
Blueberry Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery
1. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of warm water.
2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
5. If the spot remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with 2 cups of cold water to remove blueberry stains.
6. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
7. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
8. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Have you reached blueberry stain removal success? I hope so!
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