How to Remove Caviar Stains From Clothes, Carpet, and Upholstery

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Caviar is so expensive you don't want to waste a single morsel. Caviar is fish roe or eggs. The finest types whether red, yellow or black are naturally colored and stain removal is fairly simple. However, some inexpensive roe is stained with squid ink to enhance color and that is a much more difficult stain to remove. But whether expensive or "enhanced", if some happens to skitter down your shirt or land on the carpet, here's how to remove the stains.

How to Remove Caviar Stains from Washable Clothes

Begin by lifting away any solids with the edge of a dull knife or spoon. Don't rub because that can drive the stain deeper in the fibers. After removing the solids, blot the area with a white cloth dipped in plain water and allow to air dry.

As soon as possible, flush the stained area with cold water by holding it under a cold water faucet running at full force. If the garment is white, sponge the area with hydrogen peroxide and then rinse with cool water. If the item is colored, use a stain remover spray or gel like Zout or Spray 'n Wash to pre-treat the stain. If you don't have a stain remover use a heavy-duty detergent (Wisk and Persil are considered heavy-duty). Work the stain remover into the stain and allow it to work for about fifteen minutes and then wash as usual in the hottest water recommended on the item's care label

Check the stained area of the garment before drying. If any stain remains due to added dyes, mix a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, or Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach are brand names) following package directions. Completely submerge the stained items and allow them to soak at least four hours or overnight. Then wash as usual.

How to Remove Caviar Stains from Dry Clean Only Clothes

Lift away the caviar solids with a dull knife or edge of a credit card. Blot the area with a white cloth dipped in plain water. As soon as possible, head to the dry cleaners and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.

If 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 kit's dryer bag.

How to Remove Caviar Stains from Carpet and Upholstery

Use a dull knife or the edge of a spoon to lift any solid caviar pieces from the carpet. Do not rub because that will push the stain deeper into the fibers. 

Mix a solution of one teaspoon dish washing detergent with two cups of lukewarm water. Dip a white cloth, sponge or paper towel into the solution and blot the stain. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred out of the carpet. When no more stain is transferred, dip a clean white cloth in plain water and "rinse" by blotting the stain again. It is important to rinse the detergent out of the carpet because it can actually attract soil.

Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat. If any stain remains, move to the next steps. If not, vacuum to lift fibers.

For tough stains that contain artificial dyes, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach - OxiClean or Tide Oxi - in cool water following package directions. Dip a clean sponge into the solution or use an eye dropper to apply to the remaining spot. Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, work the solution into the carpet. Do not over wet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting away.

You can also use hydrogen peroxide to remove the caviar stain if the carpet is white. Drop a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide onto the stained area. Let it work for one hour and then blot away. There is no need to rinse because exposure to light turns hydrogen peroxide into plain water. Repeat if necessary.

Finally, use a dry clean white cloth to blot away moisture. Allow to dry completely and vacuum to restore pile of carpet.

To remove stains from upholstery, follow the same cleaning recommendations as those for carpet. Take extra care not to over-saturate the cushions which can cause moisture problems in the cushions. If the upholstery is vintage or silk, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Call a professional especially if you need more stain removal tips.