How to Remove Eggplant Stains From Clothes, Carpet, Upholstery

Eggplant stains
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Eggplants can be white, variegated or deep purple in color and the deep purple eggplant dropped on your shirt can leave a stain on clothes. If you are eating some healthy lightly steamed eggplant and it drops on your shirt, there won't be much a problem. It's the other "stuff" we add to eggplant like sauce or cheese or olive oil that can cause the difficult to remove stains.

How to Remove Eggplant Stains From Washable Clothes

As soon as possible, use a dull knife or a spoon or even the edge of a credit card to remove any excess eggplant and/or sauce and cheese from your garment or table cloth. If you rub the area with a napkin, it will only push the stain deeper into the fabric fibers.

Then, as soon as possible, flush the stained area with cold water. 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, WiskPersil that contains enough of the stain-lifting enzymes that will cut through the stain. Allow the stain removal product to sit on the stained area for at least fifteen minutes and then wash as usual.

Check the stained area before putting the garment in the dryer because high heat can set the stain especially on synthetic fabrics like polyester. If the stain remains, repeat the treatment steps.

If your eggplant was covered in a tomato sauce or melted cheese or olive oil, you may need to follow even more steps to ensure the stain can be removed.

How to Remove Eggplant Stains From Dry Clean Only Clothes

If the garment is dry clean only, lift away the solids and blot the area with a dry white cloth or napkin to absorb any oil or moisture. As soon as possible head to the dryer 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 Eggplant Stains From Carpet And Upholstery

When the eggplant hits the carpet, use that dull knife or credit card edge to lift away all the excess solids. Next, mix one tablespoon of dish washing liquid with two cups of warm water. Stir 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.

Next, 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 ammonia and two cups warm water. (You'll probably need this is the stain has tomato sauce or is very oily) 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 solution from the carpet because the soap can actually attract soil. Wet a clean white towel or paper towel with plain water and sponge to rinse away any soapy residue. Allow to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum the stained area to lift the carpet fibers.

For eggplant stains on most upholstery, follow the same cleaning method as for carpets but take extra care not to over-wet the fabric. If the upholstery fabric is silk or vintage, consult a professional cleaner or if you need more stain removal tips to prevent damaging the fabric.