How to Remove Turmeric Stains

Turmeric stains can be stubborn and quite unsightly on any clothes that aren't yellow! Find out how to effectively remove turmeric stains with this guide.

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How to Remove Turmeric Stains

Removing turmeric stains is very tricky. Turmeric is a popular spice that’s used in many Indian and Asian recipes but also in a variety of other foodstuffs, like American-style hot dog mustard. The spice adds a tasty zing to foods, and you’ve probably noticed that it adds a great deal of colour, too.

Unfortunately, if you get turmeric stain on your clothes, or on your carpet, or sofa, it will turn everything into yellow and it can be extremely difficult to remove. But with a bit of effort and these helpful steps, you’ll find it is possible to remove turmeric stains from almost anything!

You can buy detergents with built-in stain removers to make removing turmeric stains as simple as possible. Read the instructions on Surf excel products to decide what the best course of action is, wherever the stain! Always test on a small area first and read your garment’s care label before washing.

Why Removing Turmeric Stains Is Difficult

The component of turmeric is what causes the stain, called curcumin a naturally a bright yellow colour. Unfortunately, curcumin is not water-soluble which means that it acts in much the same way as a permanent marker it simply doesn’t respond to basic water treatments. This means that a quick wash under hot water is something that would tackle many other types of stain – won’t work with turmeric stains. In fact, adding hot water may even set the stain into the material, making it more difficult to remove.

How to Remove Turmeric Stains

Whether you’ve spilled curry on your shirt or your carpet, the best way to remove a turmeric stain is to:

Step 1:

Dab on some Surf excel Liquid Detergent if you’re working with a stained carpet or sofa, or reach for the Surf excel Bar if the yellow mark is on your clothes. Wash sofa cushions and clothes with a laundry detergent with a built-in stain remover, such as Surf excel Quick Wash. Remember to check the instructions and safety guidelines on the product’s label first, and also check the clothing care label for advice. It’s also a good idea to try any new stain removal strategy on a small area of the fabric first, to make sure that it won’t damage it.

Step 2:

Let the detergent soak into the stain for 10 minutes before using a clean cloth to dab at the mark. Never scrub the stain as this could spread it over a larger area, and avoid using a degradable cloth that could leave the tissue in the fibres of the sofa or carpet.

Step 3:

Continue to apply detergent and blot until the stain stops transferring onto the cloth.

Drying the Area and Treating Tough Turmeric Stains

If possible, allow the stained area to dry naturally rather than applying heat to it. It’s also a good idea to place the item in direct sunlight if you can. Sunlight is excellent as a natural bleach and can be very effective at removing turmeric stains that remain, so open your curtains – even think about moving a stained sofa – to maximize exposure to natural light. You can try other cleaning products, but always check the manufacturers’ instructions before using any new product, and test any product on a small, inconspicuous area first before treating the turmeric stain.

The Golden Rule for Removing Turmeric Stains

The most important rule when it comes to removing turmeric stains is to treat them as soon as possible. If the turmeric dries, it will seep into fabric fibres, and it will be much more difficult to draw the stain out.

Turmeric is a delicious addition to many Indian dishes, and now you know some tricks on how to remove turmeric stains, you can enjoy your food and not worry about turmeric stains sticking around on your clothes or carpet for long!

Key Steps

  1. Treat your stain as soon as possible, leaving the detergent or stain remover to soak for 10 minutes, after initially testing on an inconspicuous area.
  2. Use a clean cloth to dab the stain, rather than scrubbing.
  3. Continue applying detergent and blotting until you no longer pick the stain up on your cloth.
  4. Allow the stain to dry naturally.

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