Thanks to improved transportation, avocados are available year round. Whether sliced into a salad, as the main ingredient in guacamole or tucked into a sandwich, avocados are delicious. However, they can leave some unpleasant stains on clothes, carpet and upholstery.
How to Remove Avocado and Guacamole Stains from Washable Clothes
An avocado is actually a berry with a single seed. But unlike other berries, they don't have much natural color that can stain fabric but they do contain a high level of fat (15 percent) that can leave an oily stain. As with any stain, it is important to treat the stain as soon as possible.
First, remove any excess pulp or guacamole from the surface of the fabric with a dull knife or spoon. Try not to push more of the stain into the fibers of the fabric. Never rub with a cloth because that will embed the stain.
If possible, flush the stained area by holding it under a faucet with a full stream of cold water. Flush from the wrong side of the fabric to force the stain out of the fibers. If you can't do a flush, dip a white cloth or paper towel in plain water and blot the stain. Use a dry white cloth to absorb the moisture.
As soon as possible, treat with a prewash enzyme-based stain remover spray or gel like Zout or Shout or Spray 'n Wash or a bit of heavy duty liquid detergent (Tide or Persil are rated as the best brands and contain enough enzymes to remove the oily component). Work the stain remover into the stain with a soft bristled brush or your fingers. Allow it to work for at least fifteen minutes before washing as recommended on the care label.
Check the stained area before tossing the item into a hot dryer. High heat may set the stain - especially on synthetic fiber clothes - and make it much harder to remove. If the stain is not gone, repeat the stain treatment.
If the guacamole contains any ingredients that have food coloring and traces of color remain on the fabric, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Tide Oxi, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and tepid water. Submerge the entire garment. Allow it to soak for at least four hours or overnight and then launder as usual. This is safe to use for all washable fabrics - white and colored - except for silk, wool and anything trimmed with leather.
How to Remove Avocado and Guacamole Stains from Dry Clean Only Clothes
If the garment is dry clean only, use a dull edge to lift the avocado or guacamole from the surface of the fabric. Blot with a white cloth dipped in plain water. Then as soon as possible, head to the dry cleaner and 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 Avocado and Guacamole Stains from Carpet and Upholstery
When that blob of guacamole hits the floor, use a spoon or spatula to lift it away from the fibers. If you rub with a cloth, you'll only push it deeper into the carpet.
Mix a solution of two teaspoons of liquid hand dishing washing detergent into two cups of warm water. Dip a sponge, cloth or soft-bristled brush into the solution. Work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to keep the stain from spreading. As the avocado is lifted from the carpet, blot it away with a clean cloth.
When all of the stain is gone, be sure to rinse the carpet by dipping a sponge in plain water and blotting the area until all soapy residue is gone. Use a paper towel to absorb the moisture. If you skip this step, the soapy residue will attract more soil to the area.
Allow the carpet to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight. When dry, vacuum the area to lift the fibers.
The same cleaning solution and techniques recommended for removing the stain from carpet can be used for upholstery. Take care not to over saturate the upholstery because excess moisture can be harmful to the pillow filling.
If the upholstery is silk or vintage, consult a professional.