How To Get Strawberry Stains Out Of Carpet (Do This!)
Strawberries are considered to be the most romantic berry out there, and rightfully so. They’re sweet, they’re related to the rose family, and you can always find a recipe that’s appropriate for the occasion. Unfortunately, when you’re prepping strawberries, it’s possible to have some of their redness end up on your carpet. So, what do you do then?
To remove strawberry stains out of a carpet, use a solution of 2 cups of cold water mixed with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap or 1 cup of vinegar. Sponge the carpet with the solution as needed until the area is stain-free. Remove excess by patting with a dry cloth and repeat process as needed.
If you’re a fan of strawberries, the worry of staining a white carpet with your favorite food is not something that should impede you from enjoying them. This guide will help you learn how to get rid of stains as they happen.
Are Strawberry Stains Hard To Remove?
Despite their super red hue, strawberries rarely (if ever) pose a serious threat to the appearance of your carpet. They’re a relatively easy clean as long as you address the stain quickly and don’t wait for the stain to turn moldy. So don’t get too worried if you have a stain. Just get to cleaning it and you’ll be fine.
Why Do Strawberries Stain Carpets?
Strawberries, like most other berries, are rich in water content. If they end up getting crushed and then dropped on a carpet, the water and pigment of the strawberries run a high risk of getting into the fibers of the carpet. The more porous the fibers, the tougher it will be to remove the stain.
Should You Hire Someone To Get Rid Of Your Strawberry Stains?
The good thing about strawberry (and other berries) stains is that you don’t have a lot of the problems that you would with an oil-based or acrylic-based stain. Since it’s pretty easy to get rid of the stain on your own. DIY is definitely the best choice here, unless you truly cannot be bothered with cleaning your own carpet for one reason or another.
With that said, if you accidentally stepped on a strawberry and tracked it all over your home, it’s totally understandable if you want to call a company to clean up all those stains. It can take a while, and sometimes, you just have other things to you.
What If Dish Soap Isn’t Enough To Remove A Strawberry Stain On Your Carpet?
Though rare, itis possible to have a strawberry stain that is just not as easy to clean as most are. If you’ve already given the standard “dish soap dab” to little success, then it may be time to try something a little harsher. Here’s how you can get rid of most, if not all, strawberry stains using an alternative method:
- Mix a tablespoon of household ammonia and two cups water. Do not mix chlorine bleach with this, since ammonia and bleach will release toxic fumes.
- Grab your sponge and dip it in the solution. Sponge your strawberry stain to wet it thoroughly. If your stain has been fairly heavily pressed into the carpeting, it may be best to wait for three to five minutes to let the ammonia sink in and work itself into the stain.
- Blot, blot, blot. Using the ammonia-soaked sponge, blot away at the stain until the stain disappears. Like with most other stains, the best blotting technique is to dab at it from the outside corners in, until you finally reach the center.
- Soak the sponge in cold water, and wipe the area down to rinse it. You might still smell a little ammonia smell, but that’s okay. You can improve the smell by opening a window and lighting a scented candle.
- Blot dry with a clean towel or let it air dry. The choice is yours.
Can Strawberry Stains Cause Mold?
One of the biggest reasons why you should address strawberry stains as soon as you can is because they have a high chance of causing mold if left untreated. After all, strawberries tend to do that when they’re left in a fridge don’t they? Left uncleaned or cleaned improperly, you will start to see mold growth on your carpet. With that said, mold isn’t the only risk to be aware of here.
Since strawberries are a rather sugary type of food, it also has the tendency of being a pest magnet. Rats, mice, ants, and fruit flies tend to swarm towards areas that have strawberry spills. If you want to avoid a call to the exterminator, getting rid of the stain as soon as it happens is highly advisable.
Additional Tips For Strawberry Stain Removal
Stain removal is a fairly easy thing with strawberries, but sometimes, you might not have enough dish soap or ammonia to handle the stain through our standard method. If that’s the case, then these quick tips can help you out:
- Like gets rid of like. Strawberries are highly acidic in nature, which means that you can usually help blot them out of carpeting by using another type of lightly acidic substance. White vinegar is a good choice here. Once you let the acid sit for five minutes or so, just blot it with a white rag.
- Enzyme cleaners can also work wonders on strawberry stains. Since strawberries are an organic substance, using something like an enzyme cleaner can work to lift up the stain and neutralize any damage done. Just be careful to read the cleaner’s packaging to make sure that you can use the cleaner on the type of carpeting that you have.
- Blot, do not scrub. Scrubbing the strawberry stain will only bring the stain deeper into the fiber.
- If there was dye in your strawberries, treat the dye too. Most of the time, food dyes that are associated with jams and jellies can be treated using dabbing and dish soaps. If you find that the stain is really deep in, then you will need to use an extractor to get the rest of the gunk out.
How do you get strawberry stains out of your clothing?
Strawberry stains are no match for a soak in vinegar! To get rid of your stain, start off by pre-treating the stain with white vinegar. Let the vinegar soak in for around five minutes. Rinse off with a little bit of water, and then pop your clothing into the wash as you normally would. This should get rid of most, if not all, of the stain.If you have a garment that is labeled “Dry Clean Only,” do not attempt to remove the stain on your own. Rather than run the risk of wrecking your clothes, take it to a professional laundromat where you can get it removed by someone who has the right tools for the job.
Do strawberries stain?
Though strawberries are not commonly considered to be a stain-y material, they can have the potential to stain. If you drop strawberries on the carpet, chances are that picking up the berries quickly will allow you to avoid getting a stain. However, if your strawberries are deeply ripe, you may see a slightly pigmented stain.The most common reason why strawberries become stains deals with tracking them in or stepping on them.
How do you get strawberry stains out of a wood floor?
Mix two parts water, one part vinegar, a tablespoon of baking soda, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Apply this mixture to the stain and let it soak for at least 20 minutes, then scrub. Rinse, and then you should be able to see an improvement in the overall color and quality of the stain.If you are in a position where the stain has soaked through, you may want to consider sanding the area down lightly and reapplying a wood stain to your flooring. However, this is only advisable if you are absolutely desperate to remove the stain and are unable to see any improvement after multiple attempts at cleaning it.
Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.
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