Monday, October 17, 2011

How to Remove a Salad Dressing Stain With Corn Starch

How to Remove a Salad Dressing Stain With Corn Starchthumbnail Cornstarch absorbs salad dressing from fabric. The oily nature of salad dressing makes it look impossible to remove. Whether you've dripped salad dressing on your clothing or on your upholstery, it's important to treat the stain promptly. Cornstarch is an effective product to aid in stain removal. It works by drawing out and absorbing the oil from fabric. Use cornstarch in conjunction with other cleaning products to remove salad dressing stains.

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Scoop up any puddled oil from the upholstery with a spoon. Take care not to spread the oil.


Sprinkle a liberal coating of cornstarch over the spot. Wait 15 minutes for the powder to absorb the oil before vacuuming it up.


Moisten a clean rag with dry cleaning solvent. Sponge the solvent onto the salad dressing stain.


Blot with a clean rag to absorb the dry cleaning solvent. Alternate sponging on the dry cleaning solvent and blotting it up with a dry rag until the stain is gone.


Sprinkle cornstarch onto the salad dressing spot. Rub it in with your fingers.


Wait a few minutes and brush the powder off of the clothing. Repeat this process until no more dressing is coming off the clothing.


Drizzle dish soap over the spot and rub it in with your fingers. Rinse well under cool water.


Apply a laundry stain removal spray to the spot. Wash the clothing with detergent and the hottest water recommended for the fabric.

Don't put the clothing in the dryer until you are sure all of the salad dressing is gone. This may set in the stain.

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