Juice stains are a common problem in almost every household but cranberry juice stains can be on of the toughest to fight. They may taste good and be really good for your health too but they are definitely the biggest enemies of clothes or carpets. The key to fight any stain is to act as soon as possible and so is true with this stain as well.
Steps To Get Rid of Cranberry Juice Stains
This is the most crucial and important step in the process of getting rid of the stain. As soon as you have a stain do not think just act. The best first aid for any stain is running water. If the juice is still floating on the area then carefully blot it using a towel or a piece of cloth. Once you have absorbed the excess juice, now place the fabric in the running water for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Experts say that this helps in weakening the stain. If your fabric can withstand hot water then pour some boiling hot water on the fabric.
However, if the juice has spilled on the carpet or any other material that cannot be washed then you might have to be a little more innovative. You might find yourself in a tough spot especially if you spill the juice in a restaurant and cannot wash your clothes. This is where you need to think innovatively. Look around for baking soda powder, talcum powder or even salt. Dab one of these three on the affected area and use a towel to apply a little pressure on it. After some time you will see that, the salt or talcum powder has started to turn pink.
Step 2: Chose How to Treat The Stain
Now that you have given the first aid to the stain, you have bought some time for yourself to think and decide on how to treat the stain. You can treat the stain in various ways but choosing the right way would depend on the fabric and how much treatment you can give. For example, if it is a carpet, you might not be able to wash it. On the other hand, you cannot apply some cleaning agents to all types of fabric like bleach.
Step 3: Preparing For The Process
It is important that you prepare the fabric before you give it the right treatment. If it is a piece of cloth then you might want to rinse it in hot water for few hours. Add about 1/4th cup of white vinegar into the water for best results. After soaking the cloth in the water for few hours, you can also rub on the stain gently to see if you can remove any stain by your hand.
Alternatively, if the juice has spilled on the carpet and you cannot wash it then prepare an ammonia solution by mixing two cups of warm water and one tablespoon of ammonia. However, ammonia has a very unpleasant smell and some people are allergic to it. Most importantly never mix ammonia with bleach as this will produce hazardous fumes.
Lastly, if the material where the juice has spilled is upholstery then you will have to prepare a solution of white vinegar and some alcohol. Mix about one tablespoon of white vinegar in 2/3rd cup of alcohol to make the most effective solution.
Step 3: Start The Cleaning Process
Now you need to start the cleaning process. If the material is washable then you can wash it with White vinegar or bleach. White vinegar is known to act as the best cleaning agent against almost any stains. You can add about ½ cup of white vinegar into the washing machine along with the detergent. Alternatively, you can also make a solution my mixing one tablespoon of white vinegar in one cup of water. Use a brush or sponge to rub on the stain.
If it is a carpet then take the ammonia solution that you had prepared and apply on the affected area using a sponge. Rub the sponge gently on the affected area until you see the stain go away. Now take a fresh piece of sponge, dip it into water, and dab on the area. Now take a dry part of the sponge and blot the carpet until it is dry. You might need to open your windows for few hours in order for the unpleasant smell of ammonia to go away.
Lastly, if it is your upholstery then take the alcohol and vinegar solution. Use a brush to rub on the affected area to clean the stain. Once the stain has gone, sponge the area with cold water and then dry it. However, you will have to bear the smell of alcohol and vinegar coming out of your upholstery for few days especially if it is your car.