Honey is a delicious treat that’s enjoyed by both the young and old. Its natural, sweet taste can enhance most any meal and it’s used in a variety of beverages as well. However, when honey comes in contact with fabrics it becomes a whole different story. When it gets on your clothing or other fabrics it can make quite a mess and do a lot of damage. The more it dries out, the stickier it becomes.
Removing honey stains from any type of fabric can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are a few tips that will make removing honey stains from fabric easier. The sooner you take action, the easier it will be to remove the stain so don’t put off cleaning or you’ll give the honey time to set in.
The first thing that you’ll need to do is clean off the excess honey. You can use a regular butter knife from your kitchen drawer to scrape off the excess but be careful not to spread it to other areas. Once you’ve done this the following tips can help you remove the stain that’s left.
Tips for Removing Honey Stains from Regular Fabrics
Start by rinsing the stain with cold water to help break down the honey. Gently rub a small amount of detergent on the area and let set for five to ten minutes. Next, place the fabric underneath the faucet and run hot water over the back side of the stain to help work it out. Use a prewash stain remover on the spot and wash immediately in cold water.
Before placing the garment into the dryer check to make sure the stain is completely gone. If it’s still there, use the stain remover again and re-wash. Placing the garment in the dryer before the stain is completely removed will set it in deeper and you may not be able to remove it later.
Dry Clean Only Fabrics
Rinse the fabric with cold water but test for color fastness before using detergent by placing a small amount of detergent on a white cloth and rub the garment in an inconspicuous place. If any of the color comes off on the cloth it’s can’t be used on the fabric. Use a mild soap instead, let stand for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water from the back side. Repeat if necessary and lay fabric on clean table to dry.
Tips for Removing Honey Stains from Upholstery Fabrics
When cleaning upholstery fabric, mix a small amount of dishwashing detergent in a bowl of cool water. Dip a white washcloth into the water and blot the area of the stain. Do this several times until all of the honey stain is gone. Then use plain cold water and a different cloth to blot the area to remove the detergent from the fabric. Next, use a dry cloth to remove the excess water and let dry.
When removing honey stains from any type of fabric always blot the area with the cloth, don’t rub. Rubbing can cause damage to the fabric and make it weak. It can also work the stain in deeper making it impossible to get it out.