With summers arrival, comes the arrival of the summer berry stains and the need for the knowledge of blackberry stain removal. Although, berries are mostly water blackberry stains can be very difficult to remove. Like all other stains the sooner you can treat the stain the easier it will be to remove.
How to Remove Blackberry Stains from the Carpet
What you will need:
- Cool water
- Lemon juice
- Stain removal product for carpets
- dull knife or spoon
Removing blackberry stains from the carpet can be very difficult. Like most stains the sooner you can start the stain removal process the easier it will be to remove the blackberry stain.
- To begin the blackberry stain removal process, remove any of the remaining blackberry innards left on the carpet. Use the dull knife or spoon to remove what might be left of the blackberry.
- Next, dampen the sponge with cool water. Gently stroke the stain working outward from the center. Ensure you do not scrub the area. This will allow the stain to penetrate the carpet further, thus making it almost impossible to remove.
- Slice a fresh lemon into thin slices. Rub the lemon slice over the blackberry stain. Tip: remember lemon juice is a bleaching agent. Ensure it is safe to use on your carpet by testing a small area.
- Next, you will want to flush the area with water. This will remove the cleaning materials.
- Blot the area with a clean cloth. Try and remove as much liquid as possible by applying small amounts of pressure.
- Inspect the area and ensure the blackberry stain has been removed. If the stain remains move on to step 6.
- To move on to the next stage of the blackberry stain removal you will need to create a wet spotter by combining 1 part glycerine (found in the first aid aisle in most drug stores), 1 part white or clear dishwashing detergent, and 8 parts water. Shake the solution well. You can put the solution in a squeeze bottle for easy application.
- Apply the home made wet spotter directly on the blackberry stain.
- Wet an absorbent paper towel with the wet spotter and place it on top of the stain.
- Allow the towel to sit as long as the stain is being removed. For this reason you should use a white paper towel. You can change the paper towel if the other becomes too saturated to pick up anymore of the stain.
- Flush the carpet with water to remove any trace of the cleaning products.
- Inspect the area. If the stain remains more on to the next section.
Using Enzyme To Remove Blackberry Stain
- Before removing any of the moisture from the carpet, from earlier steps, apply an enzyme presoak product to the blackberry stain. You can follow the directions on the bottle of the enzyme presoak.
- Dip an absorbent paper towel in the enzyme presoak solution and wring it out until it is almost dry.
- Next, place the enzyme soaked paper towel over the blackberry stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
- Continue to add the enzyme presoak to the carpet and change the absorbent towel until the stain stops coming through to the towel. Do not allow the enzyme presoak product to dry!
- Flush the area, with water, to remove any left over cleaning products.
- Finally, allow the stain to air dry.
- Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you should repeat the blackberry stain removal steps or call a professional for advice.
If after all of the steps have been taken, to remove the blackberry stain, the stain remains it may be a good idea to call a professional. Also, remember to test your carpet before you use any of the lemon juice in the early steps. Lemon juice can change the color of your carpet, thus making the stain a whole lot worse.
More Tips for Removing Blackberry Stains
If you needed to move on to steps 13-19, using the enzyme cleaner, you may want to know a few facts about the product. Most enzyme cleaners or presoaks work well on organic stains such as fruit and even human body fluids. The enzyme stain remover needs to sit for a time to allow the enzymes to break up the stain. It does take a little time, but this should be the last cleaning product you will need to use on the carpet to finish the blackberry stain removal.
If you do not want to use the enzyme presoak product on the blackberry stain you can always try and use the stain cleaning product known as oxyclean. This is a product works similar to hydrogen peroxide, but it is safe to use on all fabrics and all colors. This is not a bleaching agent, which means that if your testing area for the lemon juice declared it unsafe to use you can always try the oxyclean instead of the lemons.