Saliva stains left by a beloved pet or a young child can leave noticeable marks on fabric. Saliva is made up of protein, enzymes, water, electrolytes and mucus, so when trying to remove a saliva stain the same process applies as when trying to remove other protein-based stains such as blood or urine. It is best to remove saliva stains within 24 hours to prevent the stain from setting in the fabric.
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Things you need
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Pre-treatment spray
- Liquid washing powder
Check the manufacture's label for a cleaning code so you know which method to use to remove saliva stains. An "SW" indicates that you should use a dry cleaning solvent only. In this case, spray the stain with a dry cleaning solvent and blot it with a clean, dry rag. Do not use water on this particular type of fabric.
Spray pre-treatment stain remover on upholstery with the cleaning code "W" and then wait 30 minutes.
Wet a clean rag with water and dab at the saliva stain to remove it. Do not rub the stain as that could force it into the fabric rather than lifting it away.
Spray the saliva stain with a pre-treatment spray and then soak the material in cold water for one hour.
Remove the material from the cold water and hand-wring it out. Apply liquid washing powder directly to the saliva stain and rub it gently with your fingers.
Place the garment in your washing machine on the cold water setting. Allow the garment to air dry or dry on a cool dryer setting.
Tips and warnings
- Before attempting to remove saliva stains from upholstery with a water-soluble cleaner, treat a small, discreet area to be sure the dye in the fabric doesn't bleed.
- Always allow fabric to air dry or place it in the dryer on the cool setting; drying on a hot setting will set any remaining stains. Oftentimes you may not be able to tell if the stain is completely gone until the material is dry.
- Check all labels for cleaning instructions before attempting to remove saliva stains yourself. Some items should be dry cleaned only; if this is the case you should not try to remove the stain yourself.
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