How to Remove Cherry Stains From Clothes
Cherry stains range from the watery purple of natural cherries to the candy red of maraschino cherries to the light pink of real cherry juice drinks like Mott's Fruit Punch. Stains from natural cherries are easier to remove than artificial coloring agents since they don't contain any additional dyes.
As with many types of stains, never machine dry the item before checking it to be sure that none of the stains remains. The high heat of the dryer can set the stain making it more difficult to remove. Read on to learn how most cherry stains can be conquered from home using common cleaners and detergents.
Before You Begin
Stains from cherries with added dyes usually require stronger cleaners and more steps to remove the pigment.
If the cherry stain is on a garment labeled as dry clean only, remove any solids and blot the area with a white cloth to remove as much of the stain as possible, then bring the garment to a professional dry cleaner. If using a home dry cleaning kit, treat the stain first with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the kit's cleaning bag.
|Stain Type||Tannin, dye|
|Detergent Type||Stain remover and heavy-duty laundry detergent|
|Water Temperature||Cold then hot|
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What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
Clothes and Linens
- Dull knife or credit card
- White cloth or paper towel
- Soft bristle brush or old toothbrush
Clothes and Linens
- Prewash stain remover
- Heavy-duty laundry detergent
- Oxygen-based bleach (Optional)
- Chlorine-based bleach (Optional)
How to Remove Cherry Stains From Washable Clothes and Linens
Remove Any Solids
Lift any solid matter away from the fabric's surface with a dull knife or the edge of a credit card. Be careful not to rub the stain because that will force it deeper into the fibers. If the stain is liquid, like cherry juice or Kool-Aid, blot it with a plain white cloth or paper towel.
Pretreat the Stain
If the stain is fresh, hold the fabric under a faucet and flush it with cold water to force it out of the fibers, running the water through the reverse side of the stain. Use a prewash stain remover on the stain. Work the stain remover into the stain with a soft-bristled brush and allow it to remain on the stain for at least 15 minutes before washing. If you don't have a stain remover, use a bit of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent for pretreating.
Wash the Fabric
Wash the item in the hottest water recommended for the fabric, using a heavy-duty laundry detergent (Tide and Persil are two good options that contain enzymes to break down cherry stains). Confirm that the stain is gone before drying the item.
If Red Dye Stain Remains
Mix a bleaching agent and warm water in a bucket or sink, following the package directions. Completely submerge the stained items and allow them to soak for 30 minutes or as recommended.
White fabrics made of natural fibers (Cotten and linen): Use a solution of chlorine bleach and water
Colored clothes or white synthetic fabrics: Use oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Country Save Bleach, or Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water.
Additional Tips for Handling Cherry Stains
For tough carpet and upholstery stains with added red dye, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water, following the package directions. Dip a clean sponge into the solution or use an eyedropper to apply to the stain. Work the solution into the fabric, moving from the outside edge of the stain toward the center. Do not get the area overly wet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting it away with a clean cloth dampened with water.