Indulging a crispy fried chicken makes our day, but a tiny drop of its oily bits may ruin your day. Imagine having an oily stain on your favorite clothing. But, do not feel hopeless when a fried chicken stain happens.
Just like deep cleaning a house, if you know what to do, even the fried chicken and other oily foods that are notorious stain makers can still be removed if you know the correct laundry practices and pre-treat solutions.
Avoid wiping or rubbing the stain.
Sometimes we unconsciously wipe our fingers on our clothes when we enjoy fried chicken stains. Avoid wiping or rubbing your fingers. But, if a chicken piece lands on your clothes, do not wipe or rub it too. It will push the stain deeper into your fabric, making it difficult to remove.
Lift and blot the excess stain.
If you notice the stain later, the stain or tiny chicken bits may have been dry on your clothes. Lift and scrape the excess stain gently. After removing the excess stain, blot the stain to make it easier to remove them later.
You have to make removing the stain as seamless as possible by pre-treating it before handing them to laundry pickup. Some things can help you lift the stain and prevent them from setting further. Pour corn starch, baking soda, or baby powder to absorb the oil from the fried chicken stain.
Wait for 15 minutes for the powder to absorb the stain, and start brushing the stained area with a soft-bristled brush.
Rub gently, apply dish soap and rinse.
If the stain is not yet removed, put a small drop of dish soap into the stained area. Make sure that you are using grease-remover dishwashing soap. Gently rub the fabric to have cleaner results. It is best to wait 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing the stain.
Rinse the stain with hot water if this is recommended on the wash care label of the fabrics.
Inspect the stain.
After you have finished rinsing the clothing, inspect the stained area if you can still see some grease or oil from the fried chicken stain. If satisfied with the removal, you can throw the clothes into the washer. But do not transfer the clothes to the dryer. It is better to hang them on a clothesline and let them air dry.
Rinse and repeat if needed.
Unsatisfied with the stain removal steps? Repeat the cleaning steps.
Repeating the cleaning steps puts you into an additional task of rinsing the clothes multiple times. The clothes may have soapy residue that may attract more soil. Thus, rinse the clothes multiple times to ensure you remove the soap residues.
If you are unsatisfied with the results of the initial steps of removing the fried chicken stains, try doing the steps again. But, if you feel hopeless, you can always call an expert. Contact your trusted laundry service. They know how to eliminate grease and oil stains without damaging your clothes.