How to Remove Blackcurrant Stains from Clothes:
Remove as Much Excess as Possible
Before you even think about tackling the stain on the garment, it’s important to remove as much of the excess as possible – this is whatever is still lying on the surface of the material, and which can be removed easily through gentle scraping or absorption. The type of excess you’re dealing with will depend upon a number of factors, including whether the stain was caused by blackcurrant juice, blackcurrant jelly, or fresh blackcurrants, and how long the stain has been on the fabric for.
When looking at fresh blackcurrants, the type of residue is likely to be small bits of the fruit’s flesh – you can remove this by gently using a spoon to scrape the blackcurrant off the material. If it’s blackcurrant juice or jelly that’s the problem, use a clean, dry cloth to absorb the liquid – dab rather than scrub to avoid spreading the stain. Typically, there will be much more residue to remove if the stain is fresh, and less to remove if the stain has had time to dry and set into the fabric.
Timing is Everything with Blackcurrant Stain Removal
Like many other types of stain, blackcurrant stains are best tackled when they’re fresh. When fruit stains are fresh, they haven’t yet had time to set into the fabric, and much of the juice is still sat on the surface of the material, rather than being absorbed deep within the fabric. Ultimately, the quicker you treat a stain, the easier it will be to remove.
Sometimes, however, it’s not always possible to get to blackcurrant stains immediately, especially if your kids have enjoyed a fruity drink with their school lunch, or if they’ve been out on a summer picnic with their friends. If a blackcurrant stain has dried, don’t panic. While it may take a little more effort to get the stain out of your clothes, it’s certainly not impossible.
The trick for dealing with dried stains is to hydrate them as much as possible, and you can easily do this by soaking the material in cold water overnight. However, anything you can do while the stain is still fresh is advantageous, even if this means gently dabbing the stain with toilet tissue.
Flush the Stain
For any stain that’s natural, or for any stain that’s water-based, the process of flushing works excellently. Flushing is really simple – it involves directing a fast flow of cold water across the stain to force out any residue or discolouration. This method is very effective for removing blackcurrant stains from clothes, but it’s important to do it right otherwise the stain could become much worse.
Turn the fabric inside out and direct the flow of water against the back of the stain – this forces the stain out of the fabric the same way that it came in, reducing the risk of contamination with the rest of the garment. Always be sure to use cold water, rather than hot – hot water can cause stains to set into the fabric, and they could even become permanent.
Flushing can often remove some of the obvious discolourations on coloured clothing, but on white clothing, blackcurrant marks can be more intense due to the boldness of the natural purple colour. If you’re dealing with stains on white clothing and notice that your short still doesn’t look completely clean, even after flushing, then a pre-treatment will finish the job off nicely. Pre-treatment stain removers work by softening the stain and making it easier for your washing machine to lift the stain from the fabric during the wash cycle. It’s always best to use a laundry detergent or pre-treatment like Persil small & mighty, which comes with the handy Stain Eraser Ball – this ball truly revolutionises the way we tackle stains. With a textured base, the ball helps work the stain remover into the fabric, lifting the stain right from the edge of the fibres for an ultimate clean. Just Pop, Pour and Rub to treat stains on your clothes.
Wash as Normal
With flushing and a thorough pre-treatment, the blackcurrant stain may nearly be gone. Then, just wash your garment according to the advice on the garment care label with Persil small & mighty bio.
Always ensure the stain has been completely erased before drying – remember, high heat can set stains into the fabric, completely ruining the effect of any previous steps taken to remove the blackcurrant stains!