Is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of fresh cooled berries after long day? Summer is a generous season – full of blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries – little bombs of exploding rich taste. However, these fruits have a single, yet enormous flaw – they leave bright, colourful and difficult to remove stains on our clothes. But don’t worry – we will not let this ruin your mood and your favourite summer clothes! Our cleaning experts share a few easy ways to effectively remove berry stains from any kind of fabric.
Loosen up Old Berry Stains with Glycerine
The key to successful stain removal is treating the spot as soon as possible. However sometimes this isn’t possible, the stain dries out and it becomes more difficult to clean. Luckily, you can easily loosen up dried berry juice using glycerine.
Prepare a solution from 1 part liquid glycerine and 1 part lukewarm water. Put stained clothes in the water and let them soak for 1 hour. Then proceed with removing the berry stain with some of the cleaning techniques suggested in this article. The success of this method is due to the properties of the glycerine – it evaporates quickly, without leaving traces on your clothes. And the best thing is the substance is non-toxic and odourless.
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Use Stain Removal Product
High quality spot cleaner is an investment, which always pays its price, so it is a good idea to always to keep such a product at hand. To remove berry stains – rinse the spot under cold running water. Apply the cleaner directly onto the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the stain removal. If there is any colouring left, repeat the procedure. Wash the garment as usual.
Clean the Spot with Boiling Water
If you don’t have any stain cleaner at hand you can still remove the spots using hot water. Rinse the garment with cold water. Stretch stained fabric over a heat resistant bowl and fix it with rubber band so it doesn’t move. Boil water and pour it carefully onto the stain at a height of 30 inches, until you fill the bowl. Repeat if necessary. Launder your clothes as usual.
Remove the Stain with Lemon Juice
This method works great on fresh berry stains. Do not use lemon juice on black and dark clothes, because it can bleach the fabric. Start with rinsing the spot under cold running water. After that squeeze lemon juice onto the stain. Let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the lemon juice and repeat if the stain is still there. Wash your garment as usual.
Remove Berry Stains with Denatured Alcohol
This method is a bit risky, because denatured alcohol can damage some types of fabric and cause colour bleeding. However, you can try this cleaning technique as a last resort, if nothing else works. Dip a cloth in denatured alcohol and dab directly onto the stain. Don’t let the alcohol stay on your clothes for too long. Just soak the spot well, then rinse and wash the garment as usual.
Try out these tricks for easy berry stain removal. Follow our blog – our professional cleaners in London regularly share all king of cleaning secrets and tips for your home, office and garden.