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Removing Soy Sauce Stains

Just as with having any kind of dish, when you have oriental food you can find yourself faced with certain types of drawbacks and situations. One of the most common types of problems you can find yourself faced with is spilled soy sauce, and the resulting stains. Luckily, while removing soy sauce stains may seem to be a bit difficult, if you use the proper methods it is anything but. Now, the directions listed here are designed to help you remove the stains from your clothes, or similar types of fabric. If you have a soy sauce stain in your carpeting you may need to use a different method to remove the stain.

  1. Use a paper towel. If the stain is fresh, meaning still wet, you will want to use a paper towel to soak up as much of the soy sauce as possible. Do this by pressing the towel against the soy sauce, you do not want to rub or scrub the wet soy sauce since it can make the stain worse. Repeat as often as necessary using fresh parts of the towel, or a new towel, until you can't really remove any more.
  2. Flush the stain. Locate the backside of the stain, and then begin flushing it with cold water. This should help remove more of the stain, and allow you to work a little easier.
  3. Cover the stain. Find the front of the stain, and then cover it up with either some liquid laundry detergent or some mild degreasing dish soap. Put enough soap onto the stained area so that it is completely covered, and then gently rub the soap into the stain with your fingers.
  4. Apply a bit of bleaching agent. Once you have worked the liquid soap into the stain, you will also want to apply a bit of bleaching agent into it as well. Keep in mind that this should really only be done if the fabric is light colored, or better yet, only white or a fabric that is color fast.
  5. Rinse it all out. Using cold water, rinse the area out completely. You will get the best results if you rinse from the backside of the stain. After you are certain that you have removed all of the stain, inspect to double check your work. If you have not, then you will want to repeat steps two through five until you fell that you have removed as much as possible.
  6. Use a pre-treater. Apply a stain lifter, or prewash treatment solution to the stain. This should help you to remove any remaining elements of the stain.
  7. Wash as normal. Wash the garment or item as you normally would to ensure that it gets as clean as possible. However, when the wash cycle has been completed, you will want to inspect the item and area prior to placing it in the dryer.
  8. Inspect, and repeat as necessary. When you inspect the garment or item, you will want to make sure that have removed the stain. You will run the risk of having the stain be sent in permanently, if you don't. If you have found a stain that remains, repeat the entire cleaning process as often as necessary until you have removed the stain, or feel that you won't be able to remove any more.

As you can tell from the method described above, there is the potential that your cloth can fade or become damaged if you aren't careful. This means that you will need to test the fabric before you actually use the complete cleaning method. Do this by simply testing a part of the fabric that won't be easily seen, and then watch what happens. If you notice any of the fabric becoming faded looking, or looking like it is getting "eaten away" then you will need to use a different method.

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Comments for this tip:

JULIA    12 Nov 2012, 13:07
I have found no method, including your suggestions, that removes soy sauce stain from colored fabric. The exception being 100% white cotton because it will tolerate Clorox. Generally, by the time you get home from a restaurant, the sauce has dried. Advice: wear black !!!

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