My Daddy always said that gravy makes everything better. Well, except when it drops on your shirt or best tablecloth and causes a stain!
How to Remove Gravy Stains from Washable Fabrics
If you don't use a heavy-duty, enzyme based detergent like Tide, Wisk or Persil, start by treating the oily component of the stain with a pre-treater like Shout or Resolve. Scrub the stain lightly with a soft bristled brush and rinse in hot water.
Next, wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric using detergent and an all-fabric bleach to remove any discoloration.
You can skip the pretreater if you use a heavy-duty liquid detergent or a paste made of powdered detergent and water. Simply work the product into the stained are and allow it to work for ten minutes before washing following care label directions.
How to Remove Gravy Stains from Dry Clean Only Fabrics
If the garment is dry clean only, 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 Gravy Stains from Carpet and Upholstery
To remove gravy stains from carpet, lift as much of the solids away from the fibers as possible using a dull knife. Do not rub because it will only push the oil deeper into the fibers and make the stain larger.
Sprinkle the stain with cornstarch, baking soda or talcum powder to absorb the oil. Use a soft bristle brush to work it slightly into the carpet. Allow the powder to sit on the stain for at least fifteen minutes. Use a vacuum to remove the powder.
Blot the stain with a dry cleaning solvent following the product instructions.
Use a clean white cloth or paper towel. Keep blotting until no more oil is transferred from the carpet to the cloth.
If you do not have a dry cleaning solvent or carpet cleaning product, mix one tablespoon of hand dishwashing detergent in two cups hot water. Add one tablespoon household ammonia. Blot the stain with a sponge dipped in the cleaning solution then with a dry paper towel until the stain is removed.
Be sure to "rinse" the area with a cloth dipped in plain water to remove any soapy residue that will actually attract more soil.
The same cleaning techniques and products recommended for carpet can be used to remove gravy stains from upholstery. If you use the wet cleaning steps, be careful not to overwet the fabric because excess moisture in the cushions can cause a problem.
If the upholstery is silk or vintage, sprinkle with cornstarch and call a professional before attempting to remove the stain.