Chicken, turkey, duck, or any type of poultry is a versatile protein but they can also leave a variety of stains especially when you fancy them up with different cooking methods and sauces. Choosing the way to treat the stains most successfully depends on whether the meat is raw or how it was prepared.
Chicken or Poultry Stains on Washable Clothes
If the poultry is raw and it is dropped on a washable fabric, remove any solids and then treat the spot like a blood stain. As soon as possible, flush the stained area by holding it with the wrong side under a running cold water faucet to force out the stain. Never use hot water because that can cook the proteins in the blood into the fabric fibers and make the stain more difficult to remove. After flushing, launder as recommended on the garment's care label.
Poultry that is cooked usually produces an oily stain from the rendered fat. Even poultry with the skin removed can still produce an oily stain especially if oil was used during the cooking process. When cooked poultry falls on fabric, use a dull knife or spoon to lift any solids off the fabric. Next, blot the stain with a plain white paper towel or napkin to absorb as much oil as possible. If you have a bit of cornstarch or talcum powder, sprinkle it on the stain to help absorb the oil. Even a slice of white bread can absorb the oil until you can wash the shirt or table linen.
Oily stains require the use of a solvent-based stain remover. If you don't have a solvent-based stain remover, apply a heavy-duty liquid detergent like Tide or Persil (these are leading high-performance brands that contain the necessary enzymes to break apart the oil molecules) directly to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing the fabric together with your fingers or use an old soft toothbrush. Let the stain remover work on the stain for at least ten to fifteen minutes and then wash as recommended on the care label using the hottest water suggested.
Of course, many stains caused by poultry mishaps are combination stains due to the method of cooking used, recipe, and added ingredients. You will need to follow specific stain removal tips to remove gravy, BBQ sauce, cheese, or steak sauce.
Chicken or Poultry Stains and Dry Clean Only Clothes
If the garment is labeled as dry clean only, remove any solids by lifting away from the fabric with a dull knife or spoon edge. Next, blot the stain with a white cloth. As soon as possible, head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.
If the stain is small and 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 dryer bag.
How to Remove Chicken or Poultry Stains From Carpet
If raw or cooked poultry hits the carpet, remove any solids as quickly as possible. Immediately blot the stain with a plain white cloth or paper towel to absorb either the oil or blood.
Mix a solution of one teaspoon hand dishwashing liquid in two cups of lukewarm water. Use a sponge or soft-bristled brush to work the solution into the stain. Use a white cloth to blot away the stain as it is lifted from the fibers.
Next, use a sponge to "rinse" the stained area with plain water. If you leave any soapy residue in the carpet fibers it will actually attract soil. Keep blotting with a clean white cloth until no more soap remains. Allow the area to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.
For poultry coated in sauces, you may need to take extra steps to remove the stains.
How to Remove Chicken or Poultry Stains From Upholstery
The same cleaning tips recommended for carpet can be used to remove meat stains from upholstery. Take extra care when cleaning to not overwet the fabric. Excessive moisture in the cushions can cause problems like mildew.
If the upholstery is silk or vintage, contact a professional upholstery cleaner to prevent spotting.