How to remove stubborn cherry stains from clothes and sofas

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I can’t stand cherries. Not the taste they have – they’re fine – although I never thought, “Oh man, I can’t wait to dig into a bowl of cherries. It is their unrivaled ability among fruits to stain surfaces, clothing, faces, and fingers practically in sight that penetrate under my skin, literally. (Especially in the hands of young children, who make most of the overly sloppy cherry meals in my house. Does the first bite really have to go all the way down your shirt and on your pants? Come on, man. Be cool.)

And why do they stain like this? “Like red wine and many other berries, cherries contain tannin, a chemical often used as an agent for textile dyes,” Becca Napelbaum, eexecutive onedeputy to Practice, Told The kitchen. Which does cherry stains are on par with red wine stains in terms of how difficult they are to remove.

Since kids can’t be expected to eat cherries responsibly anytime soon, and even adults have their own cherry mishaps, let’s talk about how to remove the dreaded cherry stain from your fabrics.

How to clean a cherry stain from clothes

The first rule is to clean it as quickly as possible – handling it quickly increases your chances of removing it. The second rule is to never rub it. This will only force the color deeper into the fabric. And the third rule? Cold water. (At least initially.) Once you’ve scraped off the cherry bits with a dull knife, run the on the inside of the garment under cold water, to help push out the color out fibers.

There is a difference in best practice for handling fresh versus fixed stains, however. If the stain is already set in the fabric, Napelbaum recommends breaking it down first, saturating the stain with a natural acid like lemon juice or vinegar before rinsing, again, on the side that didn’t set. the direct hit.

Work in a pre-wash stain remover with a soft bristle brush and let sit for at least 15 minutes. (If you don’t have a stain remover on hand, try regular laundry detergent or a paste made from baking soda and water.) Then wash in the hottest water recommended for the fabric. Check that the stain has been removed before drying, as high heat can set a stain permanently.

(If the fabric is dry clean only, blot the area with a paper towel or white cloth to remove as much liquid as possible, before taking it to the dry cleaners. Whether the fabric is white cotton or linen, depending spruce“Mix a solution of bleach and warm water in a bucket or sink, following package directions. Submerge stained items completely and soak for 30 minutes or as recommended.” )

How to clean cherry stains on carpets and upholstery

A similar process can be used when cleaning carpets and upholstery – just be careful not to over-wet the sofa cushions. can lead to mold problems.

First, use a white cloth to blot a wet stain, working from the outside in, to reduce the spread of the stain. You can use commercial upholstery cleaners, or create your own cleaning solution of one teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with two cups of warm water. (You can also add a few tablespoons of vinegar to this.) Dip a white cloth in the solution and use it to blot the stain, swirling continuously to clean areas of the cloth, until no other color appears. not be absorbed.

(For white carpets or couches, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and let sit for an hour before dabbing.)

Cherry stains on fingers

If, after carefully removing all the seeds of panic and choking hazard that were in the cherries for your children to enjoy,American stain party, washing with soap and water always leaves your hands red-purple, you can try rubbing your hands with lemon juice. Whether this fails, take some nail polish remover. Or, you can just lean into the naughtiness and ban all cherries from your house.

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