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

How to Remove Mango Stains

The Spruce / Joules Garcia

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 15 - 20 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Whether sliced into a salad, made into a relish, or pressed into a juice, mangoes are delicious and nutritious thanks to an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, just like the pale orange flesh and juice of its distant cousins, the peach and papaya, a mango can leave stains on clothes, carpet, and upholstery, thanks to its tannins, which are plant compounds that can leave yellowish stains on fabrics.

Luckily, you can remove the offending stain fairly easily by taking quick action. You won't need any special equipment or supplies, just household items you likely already have on hand.

Stain type Tannin 
Detergent type Heavy-duty laundry detergent
Water temperature Cold to warm
Cycle type Varies by type of fabric

Before You Begin

If the garment is labeled as "dry clean only," lift away any mango solids and blot the stained area with a dry white towel until the moisture is removed. Even if the area looks clean, head to the dry cleaner to point out and identify the stain. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment into the dryer bag.

If the mango stain is on delicate upholstery, such as vintage fabric or silk, remove any solids, blot up moisture, and then contact an upholstery cleaning specialist. Don't attempt to clean these easily damaged fabrics yourself.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

Clothing

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • White cloth or paper towels (Optional)
  • Sink or bucket (Optional)
  • Soft brush (Optional)
  • Washing machine

Carpet or Upholstery

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • White cloth or paper towels
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sponge (Optional)
  • Vacuum cleaner (Optional)

Materials

Clothing

  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Laundry pretreatment stain remover spray or gel (Optional)
  • Oxygen bleach (Optional)

Carpet or Upholstery

  • Warm water
  • Liquid laundry detergent

Instructions

How to Remove Mango Stains From Clothes

Mango stains are much like any fruit stain. It's important to treat them as soon as possible to remove the tannin which causes the stain on fabrics.

tools for removing mango stains
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  1. Remove the Mango Solids and Liquid

    Remove any excess pulp from the fabric with a dull knife or edge of a spoon. Do not wipe with a cloth because that will simply push the stain deeper into the fabric fibers. If the stain is mango juice, simply blot with a dry white towel or paper towel to absorb as much moisture as possible.

    removing mango solids with a spoon
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  2. Flush the Stained Area

    Flush the stained area with cold water from the backside of the fabric. Hold the stained shirt or tablecloth with the wrong side of the fabric directly under a faucet with the cold water running full force.

    flushing the garment
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  3. Wash Freshly Stained Items as Usual

    Wash a freshly stained garment right after rinsing with cold water, as long as it appears that the stain has lifted from the fabric. Use your usual laundry detergent, and set the garment to wash at its recommended water temperature.

    washing the garment as usual
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  4. Treat Older Mango Stains

    Treat older, dried mango stains with a stain remover spray or gel. Work the stain remover into the mango stain with a soft-bristled brush or your fingers, 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 the heavy-duty liquid detergent for pretreating, such as Tide or Persil. Then, wash the stained item in the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

    Warning

    When treating a mango stain, or any stain from a fruit or vegetable, never use a natural soap bar like Fels-Naptha, Zote, or other natural soap flakes. The reaction between the soap and tannins can make the stains more difficult to remove.

    treating older mango stains
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  5. Check the Stained Area

    Check the wet, washed garment for any remaining stain before tossing it into a hot clothes dryer. The heat can set the stain permanently. If the fabric still shows a stain, continue to the next step. Otherwise, dry as usual.

    checking the garment for stains
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  6. Treat Set-in Mango Stains

    Remove any stains that remain after washing by mixing a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (some brand names include OxiClean, Nellie's All-Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) following package directions. Completely submerge the stained garment in a sink or bucket full of the oxygen-bleach solution. Leave it to soak for at least four hours or overnight. Then wash as usual.

    soaking the garment in an oxygen bleach solution
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Removing Mango Stains on Carpet and Upholstery

Use the same cleaning solutions and techniques recommended for cleaning carpet to remove mango stains from upholstery. Take extra care to not saturate the upholstery, however, because excess moisture in cushion fillings can cause mildewing or odor. Always allow the fabric to air-dry away from direct heat and sunlight.

items for removing mango stains from carpets
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  1. Lift Mango Solids and Liquid

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

    Next, use a white paper towel or old white cloth to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Try to work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to keep the stain from spreading and getting larger.

    removing solids with a spoon
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  2. Mix a Cleaning Solution

    Mix a solution of 1 teaspoon laundry detergent with 2 cups of lukewarm water in a mixing bowl or bucket.

    mixing a cleaning solution
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  3. Remove the Stain

    Dip a white cloth, sponge, or paper towel into the cleaning solution and blot the mango stain. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred out of the carpet.

    Warning

    Blot the stain with an up-and-down motion. Don't scrub or rub, which could cause the stain to spread further into the fabric fibers.

    blotting the stain
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  4. Rinse the Carpet or Upholstery

    Continue to blot the stain until no more mango transfers to the cloth. Then, dip a clean white cloth in plain water, and rinse by blotting the stain again.

    Tip

    It is important to thoroughly rinse the detergent solution out of the carpet because it can actually attract soil if left in place.

    rinsing the carpet
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  5. Allow the Area to Air-dry

    Allow the treated area of the carpet or upholstery to air-dry away from direct heat. Once dry, vacuum treated carpets to lift the carpet fibers.

    vacuuming the dry rug
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Additional Tips for Handling a Mango Stain

Tannin stains can be tough to get out of fabrics and carpet once they have dried. Set-in stains may require multiple treatments. If you cannot get a mango stain out of your clothing despite your best efforts, take the garment to a dry cleaner and explain the nature of the stain, along with the removal techniques you've already tried.

If it's your carpet or upholstery with the persistent mango stain, a professional carpet-cleaning or upholstery-cleaning service can be of assistance. They have cleaning compounds you might not have access to, as well as more powerful cleaning equipment. Be sure to let the cleaner know the type of stain and the products you've already used to try and remove it.