How to Remove Zucchini Stains From Clothes And Carpets

How to Remove Zucchini Stains From Clothes and Carpet
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If you are eating some healthy, fresh raw zucchini or even some lightly steamed zucchini drops on your shirt, you probably won't have any problem removing the stains. It's the other "stuff" we add to zucchini like cheese and butter and olive oil that can cause the difficult to remove stains.

How to Remove Zucchini Stains From Washable Clothes

When the zucchini hits the fabric, use a dull knife or a spoon or even the edge of a credit card to remove any excess zucchini and/or sauce from your garment. If you rub the area with a napkin or paper towel, it will only push the stain deeper into the fabric fibers.

Then, as soon as possible, flush the stained area with cold water. The best way to flush away the stain is to hold the wrong side of the fabric directly under a faucet of cold water. If you can't do that, just use a clean white cloth dipped in plain water to blot the stain.

Pretreat the stained area with a 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 or Persil that contains enough enzymes to break apart the stain so it can be flushed away in the washer. Allow the stain removal product to sit on the stained area for at least fifteen minutes and then wash as usual using the best water temperature suitable for the type of fabric.

Check the stained area before putting the garment in the dryer because the high heat of most cycles can set the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the treatment steps.

If your zucchini was covered in a cheese sauce or oily salad dressing, you may need to follow even more steps to ensure the stain can be removed.

Zucchini Stains on Dry Clean Only Clothes

Once again, lift or blot away any excess zucchini solids or liquid. No rubbing! If the garment is labeled as dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

How to Remove Zucchini Stains From Carpet and Upholstery

When the zucchini hits the carpet, use that dull knife or credit card edge to lift away all the excess solids and blot the area with a plain white cloth. Colored or printed napkins might leave a dye stain that will be difficult to remove, especially from a light colored carpet.

Next, mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water, stirring 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.

After treating, 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 household ammonia and two cups warm water. Follow the same sponging steps using the ammonia solution. Again, always work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center.

Rinsing away any cleaning solution residue is the final step. It is important to remove all of the cleaning solution from the carpet because any soap left in the carpet fibers can actually attract soil. Wet a clean white towel or paper towel with plain water and sponge to rinse away any soapy residue. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum the stained area to lift the carpet fibers.

For zucchini stains on most types of upholstery, follow the same cleaning methods as recommended for carpets but take extra care not to over-wet the fabric and underlying cushions. If the upholstery fabric is silk or vintage, consult a professional cleaner or seek more stain removal tips to prevent damaging the fabric.