How to Remove Sweet Potato Stains from Clothes Carpet Upholstery

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Plain sweet potato stains are pretty simple to remove. Just scrape off the excess potato wash as usual. The problem comes if the sweet potatoes are mixed with butter or other ingredients. Or, made into fries cooked in oil. Learn how to remove all types of sweet potato stains.

How to Remove Sweet Potato 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 sweet potato solids from your garment or tablecloth.

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 spray or gel prewash stain remover like Shout or Resolve. If you don't have a stain remover, use a bit of heavy-duty laundry detergent like Wisk or Persil that contains enough of the stain-lifting enzymes that will cut through any oil in the stain. Work the stain remover into the fabric with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush and allow the stain removal product to sit on the stained area for at least fifteen minutes. Next, wash as usual using the hottest water recommended for the fabric following care label directions,

Check the stained area before putting the garment in the dryer because high heat can set the stain. If the stain remains, repeat the treatment steps.

If your sweet potato was combined with butter and cream to make a pie or souffle, you may need to follow even more steps to ensure the oily stain can be removed.

How To Remove Sweet Potato Stains From Dry Clean Only Clothes

If that sweet potato dish lands on a garment labeled as dry clean only, remove the solids with a spoon or dull knife by lifting straight up. Do not rub but you can blot the stain with a damp cloth. As soon as possible head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.

 

If 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 Sweet Potato Stains From Carpet And Upholstery

Use a dull knife or credit card edge to lift away all the excess sweet potato 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 or is oily, create a new cleaning solution of one tablespoon of ammonia and two cups warm water. Follow the same sponging steps, using the ammonia solution. Again, always work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center.

It is important to remove all of the solution from the carpet by rinsing 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 sweet potato 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 to prevent damaging the fabric.

For more stain removal tips: read Stain Removal A to Z