Berry season is, without a doubt, a lot of fun. You can go berry picking with your friends, make berry smoothies or enjoy a delicious cake made with berry. Yum! What’s not to love? Well… attempting to remove berry stains from your clothes.
Although they taste delicious, blackberries can stain clothes. Whether the stain is small or big, it’s essential to get rid of it as soon as possible. After that, simply follow our cleaning experts’ wise advice.
Step-by-step instructions for removing blackberry stains from clothing, upholstery, and carpet are provided below. But first, keep in mind that eliminating stains caused by this fruit is easier the sooner you remove them, so do it as soon as possible.
Removing Blackberry Stains from Clothing
Step 1: Remove any excess fruit from the fabric with a scraper.
Step 2: Rinse the cloth in cold water from the inside out to remove as much blackberry juice as possible.
Step 3: Soak the blackberry-stained area in cold water for 15-30 minutes after applying liquid laundry detergent.
Step 4: Rinse well with cool water.
Step 5: If there is no stain left, wash as usual using color-safe bleach or chlorine bleach if the fabric allows it. If this is not the case, move on to Step 6.
Step 6: If the cloth is safe, apply hydrogen peroxide to the blackberry stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before thoroughly rinsing. Then proceed to Step 5 above. You can also presoak the item in oxygen bleach as an option. Ensure the stain is erased after washing, but before putting the clothes in the dryer; otherwise, the stain will set. If necessary, repeat the process.
Use Enzyme Based Stain Removers
If vinegar, bleach, or lemon juice fail to get rid of the mark left by blackberries, try a stain remover with enzymes. Enzymes are amino acids that are found in nature and work to break the core elements of stains.
Because different enzymes operate on different stains, a stain remover that boasts pectinase is the best option for plant-based stains like berries.
Spray the stain with an enzyme-based stain solution such as Puracy or Zout after draining the lemon juice or vinegar from the clothing. Allow the enzymes to do their magic for 15 minutes. Wash the item in the machine as usual, with hot water for whites and cold water for colors. Alternatively, if the tag specifies, take it to a dry cleaner.
How to Remove Blackberry stains from Carpets?
Soak up berry juice as much as you can without spreading it or forcing it farther into the fiber or backing. We advocate compressing and twisting the strands of the carpet as you lift them upward to get the best results.
Next, lightly squirt lemon extract onto the damaged region, allowing it to absorb as much liquid as you can without scraping. Squeeze/twist/lift is a technique that can be used. Then spritz a solution of 1 tablespoon of dish soap to 1 cup of water solution liberally. Allow 3 to 5 minutes for the solution to work its magic.
Using the same squeeze/twist/lift action as before, blot up the lemon-detergent combination with a white cotton towel. As the stain transfers to the towel, switch to a new section. As needed, repeat the process.
Put a clean towel over the stain and place something heavy on top of the towel for half an hour to absorb any remaining moisture. To remove any residual detergent, blot the area with water.
If the discoloration persists, use 3% hydrogen peroxide, but test it first in a hidden location. Dab the peroxide onto the stain with a white cloth if there is no color loss. Allow for a minute or two for the peroxide to work, then dab with a moistened cloth to remove it from the carpet. To dry, blot.
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How to Remove Blackberry Stains from Upholstery
Step 1: Remove any extra blackberry from the upholstery with a scraper, being cautious not to spread the stain.
Step 2: Combine two cups of cool water and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in a mixing bowl.
Step 3: Soak a clean white cloth in this solution to remove the blackberry stain.
Step 4: Next, dab the stain with a paper towel until the liquid has been absorbed.
Step 5: Blot with a white color cloth after rinsing with white vinegar.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until the stain on the upholstery is gone.
Step 7: Now that the blackberry stain has been gone, sponge the area with plain cold water and a new white cloth to remove the cleaning solution, then blot dry. Tip: To remove the stain from the blackberries, only get the upholstery as wet as necessary.
The Boiling Water Flush
The hot water flush is the most effective approach to remove berry stains. It takes some planning and coordination; however, the end product is worth it.
Fill your teakettle halfway with water and set it on the cooktop or, if it’s electric, switch it on. While the water is boiling, blot the blackberry stain with a clean cloth. You don’t want the stain to get any deeper, so don’t rub or press too hard into the cloth.
Turn your clothing inside out and stretch it taut over a large basin. You must flush from the inside out, so the nasty mark comes out of the fabric rather than deeper into it. If you can get a rubber band around the bowl to hold the clothing in place, it is the easiest and safest option.
Put the bowl in the sink. When the water starts boiling, raise the teakettle as high as possible over the sink and pour a steady stream of hot water over the stain. Continue flushing until the stain is completely gone. Then hang it outside in direct sunlight while you soak up some rays.
Blackberry stains can leave a mark. It’s best to clean them right away to ensure that the damage is not permanent. Follow the tips listed above for cleaning in case you ever drop blackberry juice on your clothes or carpet.