How To Remove Berry Stains

By Subodh / January 15, 2014

Removal of berry stains by these simple methods.

Boiling Water

Boiling water is the first thing you should put on berry stains. Nevertheless, this should be done immediately. If you just got a berry stain then immediately boil hot water. Once the water has boiled, take the fabric to the washing area preferably a sink. Stretch the fabric as tightly as possible so that the stained area is stretched. Now pour boiling water from as high as possible. The flow of the boiling water should be continuous and on the stained area. Once it is done, you should be able to see the stain disappearing. If there is still a slight mark left then you can wash it in your washing machine at the highest temperature your fabric can take. If possible, dry the fabric in the sun but if you have to dry the fabric in the machine, make sure that you check if the stain has gone. Stains become even stronger once dried in the machine.

White Vinegar

Vinegar Wash

There are three possible ways to remove the berry stain. First way is by combining the above technique of boiling water with white vinegar. When the water has boiled, put about ½ cup of white vinegar and stir it well so that it mixes into the water completely. Now pour the boiling water with vinegar solution on the stained area as already directed. Second way is to soak the fabric in hot water and put about ¼ cup of white vinegar into the water. Let the fabric soak for about one hour and now take out the fabric and rub around the stained area using your hands, sponge or a brush. Once the stain has lightened considerably, wash it as usual and preferably in the highest temperature setting in your washing machine and let it dry. Make sure that you check if the stain has gone completely before you put it in the drier, else wash it again until you are convinced with the result.

Citric Acid

Citric acid has been known to work miraculously against stains. Use a brush to rub some citric acid on the effected area and see the stains go away. If you do not have access to citric acid, you can use fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice is acidic and it helps in removing the stain.

Liquid Detergent

Rubbing in Liquid Detergent

If nothing is working, put some liquid detergent on the fabric and rub it using your hands or a brush. Now soak the fabric in water with the liquid detergent. Some people say that soaking in the water after rubbing it has a better effect than just soaking the fabric directly. After soaking the cloth for about one or two hours, wash the cloth in the washing machine. You can also add white vinegar in the machine along with this process to remove the stain.

Soaking

Many people do not realize this but soaking the fabric plays a very important cloth in removing the stain. If you have berry stains, you must soak the cloth for at least a couple of hours before washing. Soaking the fabric, makes the detergent or the cleaning agent go inside the fabric and clean it from inside. You can use various techniques of soaking. You can soak the effected fabric in warm water by adding detergent, lemon juice or even white vinegar. However, do not soak your fabric in bleach unless the fabric is white.

Toothpaste

toothpaste-on-stain

You may find this idea stupid but it works especially when you apply this idea after the fabric has been soaked for a couple of hours. However, your toothpaste should be non-gel based white toothpaste. Apply it on the stained area and rub it on the stain area continuously. You will notice that the stain is lightening and fading away. Rinse with water to check if the stain has gone. Repeat the process if you are not convinced. Once you are convinced, dry the fabric in the sun if possible.

Sun Drying

Experts say that sun has UV rays, which helps in lightening the stain. Therefore, do not dry your stained fabric after washing in the drier but in the open sun. It may do you some good. Moreover, if you have given it ammonia or white vinegar treatment, the smell is too strong and sun only helps in removing the foul smell.

Salt

If you do not have access to water around or cannot wash the stained fabric, put salt on the stained area and rub it with your hands to remove the excess berries. Salt absorbs the stain from within the fabric. You can also use dry borax or talcum powder for the same purpose. This may not be a perfect solution but can be a part of your first aid in the process. Salt, dry borax and/or talcum powder will certainly help in weakening the stain.