Got Milk? Removing Milk Based Stains
Milk is a wonderful product to eat but when it comes to removing milk based stains, things get a bit rougher. That is generally because of just how hard it can be to get to the bottom of this stain. Milk and other products that contain milk need to be properly treated if you are to remove all the residue from your clothing, carpeting or other surfaces effectively. Lucky for you, we have some tips to help you with this.
Steps To Cleaning Milk Stains
Here are some basic steps to help you to get the milk out of your products. Remember to follow them as quickly as the stain hits for the best possible solution.
- Make a cleaning solution. Mix a few drops of warm water with detergent for the laundry. Work it into the stain with your fingers or with a toothbrush. Wash it as necessary in your washing machine.
- Take care of the stains as soon as they hit your fabric. That means that you need to get to them before they dry.
- Soak the fabric for five to ten minutes in cold water to stop the stain from setting if you can not get to the stain right away.
- Use a pretreatment on the stain before laundering. This goes especially for stains that do not rinse off well or are greasy after the first detergent washing. Let the pre treatment product sit for five or so minutes before washing. Do not let it dry though.
- For stubborn milk stains, soak the piece of clothing in room temperature water for about 30 minutes.
- Always follow the clothing’s specific care instructions when laundering them.
Old Milk Stains
Sometimes you do not know that the milk stain has gotten there until it has had the time to dry. Since a dry milk stain is a set stain, there is no guarantee that it will come out completely. But, there are several things that you can do nonetheless to make sure that you get the best possible result. Take some time with it. If the milk stain is crusty, you can use a dull knife to scrape some of it off. This flaking away is a good thing! Follow the above directions for pre treatment and rub detergent into the milk stain before you laundry it. You can also soak a stubborn milk stain for 30 minutes as well.
General Tips for Milk Stain Removal
- Blot the stain when it happens. You do not want to rub the stain until you have gotten as much of the milk out as possible.
- Cool water is essential to stop it from setting. This works well for milk stains that happen away from home. Rinse with cold water as soon as possible.
- Bleach products can be used on milk stains that are on clothing that is bleach safe.
- When you can not wash the stain, make sure to sponge it as much as possible with cool water. You can then work small amounts of detergent into the stain, rinsing it as you go. You can also dilute alcohol with two parts of water and work into the stain.
Milk Stains on Carpet & Rugs
Milk Stains On Your Carpet One of the worst things that can happen is to have new carpet that gets milk stains on it. Fast reaction can be the best tool to getting the stain out of anything; that goes for carpeting as well. Follow these steps for milk stain removal.
- Blot the stain as much as possible to soak up as much as possible. If the milk has dried, remove any debris that you can with a dull knife.
- Use isopropyl rubbing alcohol with a terry cloth. Apply to the location in a blotting motion. The stain will move from the carpeting to the cloth.
- If this does not work, then you will want to make a cleaning solution of 1/4 of a teaspoon of dishwashing soap and one quart of water. Do not use any bleaching products here. Use the blotting method to get the detergent into the stain. Use a clean towel to blot the area dry. If the location still has milk stain on it, continue until it is successfully removed.
- Rinse the area with warm water. Apply the water with a spray bottle on a mist spray. Blot the area with a dry towel to remove this rinsing water.
- If these things do not work to remove the stain, use hydrogen peroxide to help you. Let is stand for about an hour and then blot the area. If you need to use this method, you will not need to rinse the area afterwards.
- To help it to dry, place something heavy on the area on top of a dry cloth. This will help the liquid to be absorbed into the cloth.