Fruits are high in fibre and are an excellent source of essential minerals and vitamins, providing a wide range of antioxidants that boost health. A diet rich in fruits can reduce the risks of inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes.
Bit when accidentally spilt on your carpet they can make a real mess! As fruit consists of natural dye pigments, grease, and enzymes you need different cleaning solutions to break up the sugars and proteins and remove the pigmentation embedded in the fabric fibres.
See how to clean fruit stains from your carpet here…
How to get strawberry stains out
Scrape off any excess strawberries with a spoon. Then mix a tablespoon of washing-up liquid in a bowl with two cups of cool water. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and squeeze out any excess liquid before gently sponging the strawberry stain. Turn the cloth often to keep the contact surfaces clean.
When you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can make another solution of two cups of cold water and a tablespoon of household ammonia. Pop on a pair of vinyl gloves and then soak a clean cloth in the mix and wring out the excess liquid. Dab at the stain from the outside in to avoid spreading the stain further.
When there’s no transfer of the strawberry stain onto the cloth mix a final solution of two cups of cool water and one cup of vinegar. Blot any remaining traces of the strawberry stain with a clean cloth and finish by dampening another clean cloth with plain water and pressing on the stained area. Dry by placing absorbent cloths or paper towels directly on top and press into the carpet.
And when you are wondering how to get a raspberry stain out of your carpet, simply try this same method.
How to get blueberry stains out
Carefully remove any excess blueberries without squashing them to avoid dripping any more juice onto your carpet. Then use a paper towel to gently blot any excess moisture. Don’t rub or scrub the stain as this will simply spread the stain further.
Rinse a clean cloth in cold water and then blot the area again. This helps prime the carpet fibres for treatment. You can start with an application of lemon juice as this works to break down the stain and also has a lightning effect. Allow the lemon juice to sit for a few minutes then using a cloth dipped in cold water blot the area from the outside in until the stain has gone.
How to get orange stains out
Does orange juice stain? Yes, it does so you need to act quickly on fresh spills. Press a clean towel onto the stain to absorb as much of the spill as possible. Then apply some white wine vinegar onto a clean cloth and dab the stain, turning the cloth to keep the contact surface clean.
If there’s any sticky residue remaining add a few drops of washing-up liquid to 150ml of warm water then blot the area with another clean cloth. Follow by a rinse with cold water being careful not to overwet your carpet. Dry thoroughly with a clean cloth or paper towel.
How to get a cherry stain out
Any tannin-based dye stains need a little extra care when treating them as you can easily over-saturate your carpet resulting in mould and mildew forming at a later date. You’ll need to lift any solids before using a white paper towel to blot the stain. Then mix a solution of a teaspoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water, and blot the stain from the outside in.
When no more stain is being transferred onto the cloth dip a clean cloth in plain water and blot again. This step is important as reside detergent can attract dirt. If the stain is still visible you can apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain and gently work into your carpet towards the centre, letting it sit for around 30 minutes before blotting it away. There’s no need for a final rinse with this method which is also suitable for how to get a blackberry stain out of your carpet.
How to get a pomegranate stain out
Remove the excess juice by blotting with a paper towel and then spray the area with water. Re-blot the carpet before treating the stain. Mix a tablespoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water and apply the detergent solution to the stain and blot again. Wring out the cloth frequently repeating the process several times to remove all of the stains.
Finish by spraying the area with plain water and blot again and then place a stack of paper towels on top and set with a heavy object to absorb any excess moisture.