Berry Stain Removal

Learn berry stain removal techniques to avoid leaving berry stains behind. This article contains a few tricks to wipe it off your stuff. Just remember not to be too quick to wash with laundry soap! During early stages of berry stain removal, laundry soap isn’t exactly your friend as it can set the stain permanently. In many cases, it is dishwashing liquid that is necessary. This article contains easy stain removal tips for many berry types.

Berry Stain Removal

Berry Stain Removal from Clothing and Fabrics

Clothes, especially your toddler’s, commonly fall prey to berry stains. However, it shouldn’t bring out the party pooper in you. Let your family enjoy the berries and take care of the stains using the instructions below.    
What you will need: 
• Bleach (chlorine or oxygen bleach)
• Dishwashing liquid
• White vinegar
• Rubbing alcohol
• Enzyme presoak product (bleach with enzyme)
• Lukewarm water
How to clean the stain:
1. Mix a quart of lukewarm water with half a teaspoon detergent and a tablespoon of vinegar. Soak the stained fabric in this solution for 15 minutes.
2. Using a sponge, pat the stain with alcohol. Start from the center of the stain to the edge.
3. Combine another quart of water but this time with a tablespoon of enzyme presoak product. Let the fabric stay in this solution for 30 minutes.
4. If the stain lingers, wash with oxygen or chlorine bleach.
Watch out: Chlorine bleach shouldn’t be mixed with ammonia. The combination produces toxic fumes. Also, check the fabric’s label to make sure that it is safe to use the bleaches mentioned.

Berry Stain Removal on Carpets

Many carpets are expensive and so is professional carpet cleaning. Fortunately, even the most stubborn berry stains on carpets can be removed in simple steps. Here’s a recipe for removing berry stains on carpets.  
What you will need:
• Detergent solution (a quart of water with ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid)
• 3% hydrogen peroxide
• Tap water
• Paper towel, dull knife or wet vacuum (to remove excess liquid) 
How to clean the berry stain:
1. Depending on the amount spilled, remove the liquid using a paper towel, dull knife or a wet vacuum. For small amount of liquid, blot with paper towel and for excessive amount, use wet vacuum. A dull knife is used for scraping removable stain.  
2. If the stain is already dry, use tap water to drench the clump. Let it stay for a minute then blot. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Stubborn berry stains? 
1. Follow the steps above. Blot with the detergent solution then with paper towel. Do this until stain is removed.
3. Spray water on the area and blot with paper towel to get rid of moisture. Spray again and put paper towels on top of the stain until the surface is dry. 
If all else failed, dampen the clump with hydrogen peroxide. Wait for an hour before blotting the stain. No need to rinse with water.  

Berry Stain Removal on Wood 

Berry stain on wood furniture is a little tricky compared to those on fabrics mainly because the solution can bleach the wood. So go easy on chemicals and be sure that it’s not designer furniture or antique you will be working on. It is always better to call a stain removal expert when (1) the stain is tough or serious and (2) the item affected is expensive or irreplaceable. If the case is nowhere near the conditions above, here’s what you can do:  
What you will need:
• 3% hydrogen peroxide
• White vinegar
• Wood conditioner
• Optional: walnut or pecan meat
How to clean berry stains from wood:
1. Apply hydrogen peroxide on the stain but again, use it in moderation as it can damage the color of wood (you can try restoring the color using walnut or pecan meat later on).
2. Leave it for about 10 minutes before blotting with water and vinegar solution (1/4 cup vinegar to a quart of water).
3. When stain is gone, use wood conditioner to treat the wood.

Berry Stain Removal on Upholstery 

Berry stain on upholstery happens all the time as most of us love to munch juicy berries while sitting on an upholstered sofa and watching TV. If this is a habit that is hard to let go, don’t worry because the materials you need are easily available at home.
What you will need:
• White vinegar 
• Rubbing alcohol
• Clean white cloth
• Cold water
How to clean berry stains:
1. Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. Using the cloth, blot the solution onto the stain until it is gone.
2. Get rid of the remaining solution on the stain. Rinse with cold water using fresh cloth or sponge.  Blot to dry.