How To Remove Dog Licking Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 24, 2023
Are you constantly finding yourself dealing with unsightly dog licking stains on your clothes? It can be frustrating, but don't worry, there's a solution! In this guide, we'll show you how to remove those pesky stains with ease, leaving your clothes looking fresh and new. Whether you're a dog owner or just a dog lover, this guide is for you. So, don't let a little slobber ruin your favorite shirt, read on to learn the best methods for tackling those tough dog licking stains.
A clear or light yellow stain with a slightly sticky consistency when fresh.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down any saliva and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Dog Licking Stains
Dogs' saliva contains pigments and enzymes that can cause staining on clothes. The pigments in a dog's saliva can leave behind a discoloration on fabrics, while the enzymes can break down certain fibers and cause discoloration or weakening of the fabric. This is why a dog's licking can stain clothes.
Blot up as much of the saliva as possible with a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 part water. Sponge the solution onto the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Mix a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste onto the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Launder the item using the hottest water safe for the fabric and a laundry detergent. Add oxygen bleach to the wash cycle if desired.
Check the stain before drying, if stain is still present repeat steps 1-4 or use enzyme laundry pre-treatment or laundry stain remover before washing again.
Please note that:
(a) Always check the care label of the garment before attempting to remove any stain.
(b) Always test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment before applying it to the stain to make sure it will not discolor or damage the fabric.
(c) Hot water is recommended for removing dog saliva stains, as it can help break down the enzymes in the saliva and make it easier to remove the stain.
(d) Oxygen bleach is a safe alternative to chlorine bleach, but it's important to read the label carefully and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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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.