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How do I remove cherry stains from clothes?


How do I remove cherry stains from clothes?

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Question: How do I remove cherry stains from clothes?
Here is how to remove fresh cherry stains from clothes. If you have Maraschino cherry stains or canned cherry pie filling, you may need to repeat steps to remove the stains of the red food coloring that is added.

This is a tannin stain - a plant component that often shows as a color in the final product. Fresh tannin stains can usually be removed by laundering the garment using detergent. Never use natural soap in a bar or soap flakes because they make tannin stains more difficult to remove.

Remove any pieces of cherry with a dull knife and flood the area with cold water. As soon as possible, treat the area with a stain prewash or laundry detergent. Allow to work for several minutes and then rinse in cold water.

If the stain remains, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and water. Allow the garment to soak overnight and if the stain remains, repeat the steps. If the stain is gone, launder as usual.

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.

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