How to remove egg yolk stains

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Egg yolk stains produce a greasy gooey mess that will harden and penetrate if left alone. Egg yolk stains all fabrics: carpet, upholstery and clothing. When removing an egg yolk stain, you must take into consideration the chemical composition of the egg; being a food source that contains fats, there is a special procedure for removing this type of stain. As with any stain, it is hard to remove if the garment has already been washed or if the stain has been sitting for an extended period of time.

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Things you need

  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Sponge
  • Dry spotter
  • Mineral oil
  • Ammonia
  • Lukewarm water
  • Mild detergent
  • Medicine dropper
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar

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  1. 1

    Blot the stain using the dry cleaning solvent and a sponge until saturated. If the stain can be laundered, wash it now. If not, move onto Step 2.

  2. 2

    Prepare the dry spotter solution. Dry spotter contains one part mineral oil and one part dry cleaning solvent. Wet the underside of the stain with the dry spotter.

  3. 3

    Rinse both sides of the stain with the dry cleaning solvent. Let the area air-dry.

  4. 4

    Mix a solution of one teaspoon of ammonia to ½ cup water. Add a few drops of mild detergent. Fill your medicine dropper with this solution and apply to the stain. Blot with water. This may remove the stain entirely. If the stain remains, move to the next step.

  5. 5

    Mix a solution of half bleach half water and apply to the stain. Mix a solution of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water and apply to the stain on top of the bleach. Vinegar will remove the chlorine. Rinse with water. If the stain persists, repeat until the stain is gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the area with a small amount of solvent to ensure that there are no undesired effects.
  • Use water sparingly; applying too much water to a stain does not make it go away.
  • Do not rub the stain, blot it, or the stain will become more deeply embedded in the fabric.
  • Dry cleaning solvent can be purchased most places cleaning agents are sold.
  • Cleaning chemicals can be harmful to breathe and can irritate the skin; always make sure that you use them in a well-ventilated space and wash any chemicals off your skin immediately.
  • Never use bleach on materials such as wool, silk or spandex or around any type of metal.
  • Do not let the bleach solution sit on the stain for longer then two minutes per application.
  • Not all stains will be removed on the first try. Some stains take multiple attempts, and some are so stubborn you may have to call a professional.

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