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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Removing Barbecue Stains

How To Remove Barbecue Stains


Warmer days are here for awhile and many of us are grilling on the barbecue more frequently. We are enjoying wonderful foods, family, and friends. That's all great but what else comes with barbecuing? Stains! Stains on carpets, clothes, and tablecloths.

When these kinds of stains happen - speed is the key. If you don't get to it right away, it doesn't mean it the stain is forever there, it just makes it easier to remove when it's a new stain.

Remove a Fresh Barbecue Stain From Clothing

1. Get a dull knife or something similar to scrape as much of the barbecue up as possible. Be very careful not to rub the stain into the fabric more than it already is.

2. When you're dealing with clothing, run the backside of the stain under cold water forcing it back out.

3. Then using a mild detergent (liquid), blot (don't rub) this on the stain. Let it sit on a paper towel or clean cloth for 5 - 10 minutes.

4. When you are dealing with white fabrics, you can try using a little bleach. Just make sure you test it on the fabric in an inconspicuous spot first.

5. Rinse thoroughly with cold water. If necessary repeat Steps 3 and 5 again. If some of the stain is remaining you may have to try a stain removal product.

6. Wash are you normally would for the stained garment but do not put it in the dryer. Let it air dry. By not drying it you are not permanently setting the stain in the fabric.

Removing a Fresh Barbecue Stain From Carpets

Follow Step 1 above.

2. Using a clean cloth, blot up as much of the stain as possible. Remember, do not rub as this will only make the stain bigger and more difficult to remove.

3. Using a mild liquid detergent blot over stain and let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes.

4. Use a dry section of the cloth to blot up and remove more of the stain.

5. If any stain remains you can try putting baking soda on the stain and working it in carefully (so as not to fray the carpet) with a toothbrush. Let this sit overnight then vacuum up the next day.

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