How To Remove Brown Urine Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Are you tired of dealing with stubborn urine stains on your washable fabrics? Look no further! We have a foolproof solution that will have your fabrics looking as good as new in no time. Keep reading to learn the easy, step-by-step process for removing urine stains from any washable fabric. Say goodbye to unsightly stains and hello to fresh, clean fabrics.
A brown or yellowish stain with a strong urine odor.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to break down the urine and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Brown Urine Stains
The main reason why "brown urine" stains clothes is because of the presence of a pigment called urochrome. Urochrome is a yellow-brown pigment that is formed by the breakdown of hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. When red blood cells are broken down, hemoglobin is released into the bloodstream and eventually filtered out of the body through the kidneys. Urochrome is a byproduct of this process and it is excreted in the urine, giving it a yellow-brown color. The pigment can stick to fabric and cause a stain, which can be difficult to remove.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Brown Urine Stains
Liquid laundry detergent
Enzyme-based stain remover
Chlorine bleach (for white fabrics only)
Please note that not all fabrics can withstand the use of chlorine bleach, it should be used only on white fabrics. Also, always test the product on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain to avoid any damage.
Step By Step Process To Remove Brown Urine Stains
Blot up as much of the urine stain as possible with a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
Mix a solution of 1/4 cup of liquid laundry detergent, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water (water temperature should be around 60-90°F).
Apply the solution to the stain and gently rub it in using a clean white cloth or a soft-bristled brush.
Let the solution sit on the stain for at least 15 minutes.
Rinse the garment thoroughly with warm water and then launder it as usual using the warmest water recommended on the care label.
If the stain is still visible, mix 1/2 cup of borax with 1 gallon of warm water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then launder as usual.
For tough stains, mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with 1 cup of warm water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then launder as usual.
If the stain is still not removed, use an enzyme-based stain remover and launder as usual.
If the fabric is white and the stain is still not removed, use chlorine bleach (diluted to the manufacturer's instructions) and launder as usual.
Please note that not all fabrics can withstand the use of chlorine bleach, it should be used only on white fabrics. Also, always test the product on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain to avoid any damage. Furthermore, make sure to check the care label of the garment before attempting any cleaning method.
Urine stains on clothes are caused by the pigment urochrome, a byproduct of the breakdown of hemoglobin in red blood cells. To remove the stain, use a combination of liquid laundry detergent, white vinegar, borax, ammonia, and enzyme-based stain remover. For tough stains, chlorine bleach can be used on white fabrics. Always test the product on an inconspicuous area of the fabric before using it on the stain to avoid any damage.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.