Curry is no doubt a complex combination of various spices. This complex combination of its ingredients gives the dish its exotic and wonderful taste. But on the flip side a curry spill can permanently stains fabrics. Two basic ingredients of curry are turmeric and paprika. Both are used as dyeing agents. In order to avoid a curry spill make permanent damage you have to handle the situation fast. In the following sections of the blog post let us explore few practical tips on how to get rid of curry stains from your favourite fabrics including clothing, carpets and even upholstery.
Types of detergent you can use to get rid of curry stains
You can use oxygen bleach, standard laundry detergents, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.
Temperature of water
Both warm and cold water can be used for the purpose.
It is important to note that the cycle type will vary depending on the type of fabric you are dealing with.
Tools or equipments that you need
- A dull knife or a spoon
- A piece of clean white cloth or paper towel
- Washing machine
Materials that you need
- Laundry detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Dishwashing liquid
- Oxygen bleach
- White vinegar or household ammonia
According to trained experts having years of experience in stain removal in London removing curry stains is easier when you treat it immediately. If the stain sits for longer the more difficult it becomes to get rid of. Once the stain gets dried on the fabric removing it turns out to be great difficulty.
Point to consider
You should always check that the stain has disappeared or at least faded before placing the piece of clothing into the drier. Else the high temperature inside the drier will facilitate the stain to permanently sit on its position.
Scrape of the removable stain
Use a dull knife or a tablespoon to remove any solid part of the stain. Gently scrape on the affected area with your tool. You should not wipe the stain with a piece of damp cloth or sponge. That way you may rather drive it deeper into the fabric.
Prepare a solution of hydrogen peroxide
Prepare a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. The standard strength of the chemical is 3%. The solution that you prepare should be very weak. Add only one tablespoon of the chemical to one and a half cup of water. It is important to keep in the mind that hydrogen peroxide is an efficient bleaching agent. So if you use it in full strength it may fade away the colour of the fabric. As such hydrogen peroxide in its full strength can only be used on white fabrics.
Soaking, rinsing and washing the stain
Pour the solution in a bowl and place only the stained area of the fabric into the solution for at least a couple of hours. Then wash the stain area with coldwater. Then wash the entire piece of clothing as directed in its wash care label using your standard detergent. Note whether the stain has completely disappeared or has only faded away before leaving the clothing item for drying.
Oxygen bleach to take care of stubborn stains
Prepare a solution of oxygen based bleach and warm water as per directions given on the package. Prepare the solution in sufficient quantity so that the entire piece of the fabric gets immersed in it. Leave it like that overnight. Take it out and launder it as usual. In case the stain does not leave, soak it in a fresh solution of the oxygen based bleach once again before laundering.
Removing curry stains from clothes that are only meant for dry clean
First of all you should know that home dry cleaning kits are not sufficient to take care of curry stains on your favourite piece of fabric. It is better if you follow the steps below.
Use a dull knife or a tablespoon to scrape off curry solids from the stained zone. Never rub the affected area with a piece of sponge or cloth. That way you will only push the stain deeper into the fabric says an expert having years of experience not only in removing curry stains from dresses but also carpet stain removal in the UK.
Prepare a solution by mixing on tablespoon of borax powder and two cups of lukewarm water. Apply the borax solution to the stained area through a piece of sponge. Never saturate the stain. Just on with the solution and blot away the curry as it loosens up using a paper towel. Keep repeating this until no stain is left. Then wash the treated area with cold water and leave it for air drying. Take measure not to expose it to direct sunlight.
Removing curry stains from your carpet and furniture items
First you have to start with scrapping off the curry solids from the affected surface. Use that same blunt knife or the tablespoon for the purpose. Make sure not to rub on the stain. That way you will only spread it further. Prepare a solution by mixing a tablespoon of any standard dishwashing liquid, 2 cups of cool water and one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar. It is okay to replace distilled vinegar with household ammonia. Stir the ingredients so that they mix well into the solution.
Use a clean paper towel or a piece of white cloth to apply the solution to the stained area. Let the solution sit for about 5 minutes. Then blot away using a dry cloth. Trained and skilled professionals working at the 4 Seasons Carpet Clean suggest you may have to repeat this a few times before your problem is solved.