If your kids love grape juice, you know it’s only a matter of time until there’s a spill. It’s amazing the messes somebody so little can make! Luckily, you can turn a grape juice stain from a nightmare scenario into an easy fix.
Follow these simple tips so you can get back to what’s actually important – having fun with your family.
Speed is key when it comes to juice stains. The longer the stain sits on the fabric, the harder it will be to remove. As soon as a spill occurs, start the process to remove it. If you’re away from home, use a clean cloth or paper towel (even white bread, if you’re desperate!) to blot as much juice as you can.
Now that you’ve blotted the stain, you can proceed to clean it. Identify what kind of washing is appropriate for the surface. We recommend slightly different procedures for washable fabric, dry-clean-only fabric and carpet or upholstery. Always check the label to make sure your fabric can be machine washed. And, of course, do not attempt to clean silk or antique cloth without the help of a professional.
If your cloth is dry-clean only, you’ll need to take it to the cleaners and point out the stain.
If the stain is on washable fabric, follow this procedure:
- Flush the area with cold water from the opposite (unstained) side. Higher water pressure is better!
- Blot with a clean rag and dish soap solution (1 tbsp. dish soap + 10oz water)
- Blot with diluted ammonia (1 cup ammonia + 1 cup water)
- Let sit for about fifteen minutes
- Flush with hot water from the opposite side.
- Launder with hot water
See? Not too bad at all. If the stain is still visible after going through the laundry machine, you can follow up with an oxygen-based bleach product.
Unlike traditional chlorine-based bleach, oxygen-based bleach won’t lift the original color of the fabric. Dilute the oxygen-based bleach with some water, apply to the stain and let it sit for at least four hours before washing again. Repeat as necessary.
Remember, the Molly Maid stain removal guide is your ultimate resource for any spill disaster.
Removing a grape juice stain from carpet or upholstery is a bit more challenging, so you need to blot out as much of the juice as possible. Always blot from the center out to avoid spreading the stain.
You can try applying any of the following mixtures with a clean cloth or sponge:
- ½ cup rubbing alcohol + 2 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
- Oxygen-based bleach + water according to package instructions (NOTE: do not do this on wool carpet or rug)
- 1 tbsp. ammonia + 2 cups warm water
- Lemon juice
- Club soda
Once the stain is gone, let everything dry. Follow up with a vacuum cleaner on carpet.
Disaster solved! You can rest easy with your newfound stain-removal confidence, and your family can enjoy all the juice they want. Get back to having fun with the family and leave the cleaning to the professionals. Contact your local Molly Maid online or call us at (800) 654-9647 today.Feeling like the fridge isn't keeping that juice cold enough? The professionals at Mr. Appliance® offer reliable refrigerator repair services. Mr. Appliance is another member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands.