Whether you like a steak or roast or ground meat patty, the versatility of beef and all red meats like lamb, venison and bison can produce just as many different stains on clothes.Treating the stains most successfully depends on whether the meat is raw or how it was prepared.
How to Remove Meat Stains from Washable Clothes
If the meat is raw and is dropped on fabric, remove any solids and then treat the spot like a blood stain.
As soon as possible, flush the stained area by holding it with the wrong side under a running cold water faucet to force out the stain. Never use hot water because that can cook the protein in the blood into the fabric fibers and make the stain more difficult to remove. After flushing, launder as recommended on the care label.
Red meat that is cooked usually produces an oily stain from the rendered fat. Even lean red meat like bison will still produce an oily stain. When cooked meat falls on fabric, use a dull knife or spoon to lift any solids off the fabric. Then blot the stain with a plain white paper towel or napkin to absorb as much oil as possible. If you have a bit of cornstarch or talcum powder, sprinkle it on the stain to help absorb the oil. Even a slice of white bread can absorb the oil until you can wash the clothes or table linen.
If you don't have a solvent-based stain remover, apply a heavy-duty liquid detergent like Tide or Persil (these are leading high-performance brands that contain the necessary enzymes to break apart the oil molecules) directly to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing the fabric together with your fingers or use an old soft toothbrush.
Let the stain remover work on the stain for at least ten to fifteen minutes and then wash as recommended on the care label using the hottest water suggested.
Of course, many stains caused by red meat are combination stains due to the method of cooking used, recipe and added ingredients. You will need to follow specific tips to remove gravy, BBQ sauce or cheese or steak sauce.
How to Remove Meat Stains from Dry Clean Only Clothes
If the garment is dry clean only, remove any solids by lifting away from the fabric with a dull knife, spoon edge or even the edge of credit card. Next, blot the stain with a dry white cloth or paper towel. As soon as possible, head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.
If the stain is small and you decide to use 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 Meat Stains from Carpet
If raw or cooked meat hits the carpet, remove any solids as quickly as possible. Immediately blot the stain with a plain white cloth or paper towel to absorb either the oil or blood.
Mix a solution of one teaspoon hand dish washing liquid in two cups of lukewarm water.
Use a sponge or soft-bristled brush to work the solution into the stain. Use a white cloth to blot away the stain as it is lifted from the fibers.
Next, use a sponge to "rinse" the stained area with plain water. If you leave soapy residue in the carpet fibers it will actually attract soil. Keep blotting with a clean white cloth until no more soap remains. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.
How to Remove Meat Stains from Upholstery
The same cleaning tips recommended for carpet can be used to remove meat stains from upholstery fabrics. Take extra care when cleaning to not overwet the fabric. Excessive moisture in the cushions can cause problems.
If the upholstery fabric is silk or vintage, contact a professional upholstery cleaner.