Raw pumpkin or plain stewed pumpkin is easy to remove as a stain until you combine it with eggs, milk, or cream cheese to make those pumpkin pies. This doesn't mean that it is impossible to remove pumpkin stains, however. So feel free to carve your Jack-O-Lantern or enjoy every bite of warm pumpkin pie, then follow these directions for removing any tell-tell stains.
How to Remove Pumpkin Stains From Washable Clothes
As soon as possible, use a dull knife, a spoon, or even the edge of a credit card to remove any excess pumpkin solids from your garment or tablecloth. If you rub the area with a napkin, it will only push the stain deeper into the fabric fibers.
Then flush the stained area with cold water as soon as possible. Pretreat the stained area with a spray or gel prewash stain remover like Shout or Resolve. If you don't have a stain remover, use a bit of heavy-duty laundry detergent like Tide, Arm & Hammer, or Persil that contains enough of the stain-lifting enzymes that will cut through the stain. Work the stain remover into the fabric with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush and allow the stain removal product to sit on the stained area for at least fifteen minutes. Next, wash as usual using the hottest water recommended for the fabric following care label directions,
Check the stained area before putting the garment in the dryer because high heat can set the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the treatment steps.
If your pumpkin was combined with butter and cream to make a pie or souffle, you may need to follow additional steps to ensure the oily stain can be removed.
How to Remove Pumpkin Stains From 'Dry Clean Only' Clothes
If that piece of pumpkin pie lands on a garment labeled as dry clean only, remove the solids with a spoon or dull knife by lifting straight up. Do not rub, but you can blot the stain with a damp cloth. As soon as possible, head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.
If you decide to use a home dry cleaning kit, treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
How to Remove Pumpkin Stains From Carpet and Upholstery
When the pumpkin hits the carpet, use that dull knife or credit card edge to lift away all the excess solids. Next, mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water. Stir well to mix completely.
Using a clean white cloth or paper towel, sponge the cleaning solution into the carpet fibers. Always work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to prevent spreading the stain even larger.
Next, use a clean dry cloth and blot the area until the solution is absorbed. Repeat the treatment steps a couple of times with the cleaning solution until the stain is removed.
If the stain is not budging at all, create a new cleaning solution of one tablespoon of ammonia and two cups of warm water. Follow the same sponging steps, using the ammonia solution. Again, always work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center.
It is important to remove all of the solution from the carpet by rinsing because the soap can actually attract soil. Wet a clean white towel or paper towel with plain water and sponge to rinse away any soapy residue. Allow it to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum the stained area to lift the carpet fibers.
For pumpkin stains on most upholstery, follow the same cleaning method as for carpets but take extra care not to over-wet the fabric. If the upholstery fabric is silk or vintage, consult a professional cleaner to prevent damaging the fabric or if you need more stain removal tips.