Imagine enjoying cherry pie on a warm day and suddenly, the cherry filling has stained your shirt. With its bright red coloring and tannin-based content, cherry stains are best removed right when they happen.
We wrote the guide to removing cherry stains quickly and easily, and most of the time, they can be lifted with a reliable laundry detergent and water. Read on to learn how most cherry stains can be conquered at home using common cleaners and detergents.
|Stain Type||Tannin, dye|
|Detergent Type||Stain remover and heavy-duty laundry detergent|
|Water Temperature||Cold then hot|
Before You Begin
As with many types of stains, never machine dry the item before checking it to be sure that none of the stains remains. The high heat of the dryer can set the stain making it more difficult to remove.
When to Call a Professional
Stains from cherries with added dyes usually require stronger cleaners and more steps to remove the pigment. If you get a cherry stain on silk or vintage upholstery, have it cleaned by a professional.
Equipment / Tools
- 1 spoon or dull knife
- 1 white cloth, sponge, or paper towel
- 1 bottle liquid dishwashing detergent
- 1 cup water
How to Remove Cherry Stains From Carpet or Upholstery
You can use the same products and techniques to treat cherry stains on carpet and upholstery. Take care when cleaning upholstery not to over-wet the stained areas. Excessive moisture in the cushions can cause mildew problems.
Lift and Blot
Use a spoon or a dull knife to lift any solid cherry pieces from the carpet or upholstery fabric. Avoid rubbing, which spreads the stain and pushes it deeper into the fibers.
Next, use a white paper towel or clean white cloth to blot up as much moisture as possible. Work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to keep the stain from spreading.
Blot the Stain With Cleaning Solution
Mix a solution of one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of lukewarm water. Dip a white cloth, sponge, or paper towel into the solution and blot the cherry stain. Keep moving to a clean cloth area as the stain comes out. Repeat until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
Rinse the Area
When no more stain is transferred, dip a clean white cloth in plain water and "rinse" by blotting the stain again. It is essential to rinse the detergent out of the carpet and upholstery because soap residue attracts soil. Be careful not to wet upholstery cushions too much to prevent moisture problems.
Air Dry and Vacuum
Allow the area to air-dry, preferably out of direct sunlight. Also, vacuum the carpet to lift and separate the fibers.
How to Remove Tough or Set-In Cherry Stains
Mix Bleach Solution
For tough carpet and upholstery cherry stains with added red dye, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water, following the package directions.
Drop the Stain and Blot
Dip a clean sponge into the solution or use an eyedropper to apply to the stain. Work the solution into the carpet, moving from the outside edge of the stain toward the center. Do not get the area overly wet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting it away with a clean cloth dampened with water.
Additional Tips for Handling Cherry Stains
If you're dealing with cherry juice on a white carpet, you can try adding hydrogen peroxide to your cleaning method.
- Apply a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area. Let it work for one hour, then blot it with a clean cloth. There is no need to rinse because exposure to light turns hydrogen peroxide into plain water.
- Repeat if necessary. Allow the carpet to dry completely and vacuum to restore the carpet's pile.