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Stain Buster — Beets

beetroot

Fabric

Pretreat with liquid laundry detergent or a prewash stain remover, and then rinse well with cold water. If the stain remains, soak in a solution of cold water and bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Bleach is preferable if it is safe for the fabric. Wash in cold water with fabric-appropriate bleach, if needed.

 

Upholstery

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia (warning: never mix  bleach and ammonia – the resulting fumes are hazardous) with 1/2 cup of cool water. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Carpet

Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of warm water. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Worth a try

If the beetroot stain is fresh, try blotting it with a piece of white bread to absorb some of the liquid.

 

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