Gravy stains can be a difficult problem to remove from washable fabrics, but don't let them ruin your clothes or linens. With this easy solution, you can effectively eliminate gravy stains and restore your fabrics to their former beauty. Keep reading to learn the secret to removing gravy stains from washable fabrics and keep them looking like new.
Various (depending on type)
These stains appear as a discoloration of the fabric that is usually brown or tan in color. They can be sticky or dry to the touch and may have a savory or meaty smell. These stains are often caused by spills or splashes of gravy or other similar sauces.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to break down the gravy and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Gravy Stains
Gravy is made up of a mixture of liquids and solids, including water, fat, and flour or cornstarch (thickening agents). When gravy comes into contact with clothing fibers, the water and fat in the gravy can seep into the fibers, causing a stain. The flour or cornstarch can also stick to the fibers, making the stain more difficult to remove. The water and fat in the gravy can also cause the dye in the clothing fibers to bleed, making the stain appear even more noticeable.
Blot up as much gravy as possible from the garment using a clean, dry cloth.
Apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain and gently rub it into the fabric using your fingers.
Soak the garment in warm water for about 15 minutes, then gently rub the stain again before washing the garment in the washing machine on the warmest water setting recommended on the care label.
Before drying the garment, check to see if the stain has been removed. If it has not, mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wash the garment again in the washer on the warmest water setting recommended on the care label.
If the stain persists, mix a paste of equal parts borax and water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, then wash the garment again in the washer on the warmest water setting recommended on the care label.
For stubborn stains, apply a stain remover spray and let it sit for a few minutes before washing the garment again in the washer on the warmest water setting recommended on the care label.
For serious gravy stains, Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with few drops of ammonia. Apply it to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash the garment again in the washer on the warmest water setting recommended on the care label.
Please note: Always check the care label of the garment before trying to remove the stain, and never use bleach on a gravy stain. Also, some fabrics may be damaged by hydrogen peroxide or ammonia, so it is best to test a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric first before applying it to the stain.
Gravy stains are caused by the water, fat and thickening agents in gravy seeping into the fibers of the fabric and causing the dye to bleed. To remove the stain, start by blotting the excess gravy, then apply a liquid laundry detergent, soak in warm water, and wash the garment in the washer. If the stain persists, use a mixture of white vinegar and water, borax and water, stain remover spray, or hydrogen peroxide mixed with ammonia. Always check the care label before trying to remove the stain and test a small inconspicuous area before applying any solution to the stain.
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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.