Here's what to do if you get a milk stain on clothes or furniture

Got milk ... everywhere? We can help.
by Christina Poletto / / Source: TODAY

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Got milk? Then you’ve probably got milk stains, too. But don’t have cow! These stains are easy to remove if you know what to do. Here's what cleaning pros suggest.

How to remove milk stains from clothing

Note: This is not recommended for silk, wool, cashmere or any dry-clean-only article.

Robert Bell, owner of Threads cleaners, suggests removing milk as follows:

  • Blot up the excess milk with a white cotton towel.
  • Using your fingers or a soft-scrub brush, rub the stain with a mixture of 2 cups of cold water, 1 tablespoon of dish-washing liquid and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Rinse with cold water.
  • Repeat as needed.
  • If the stain persists, take the garment to a dry cleaner.

How to remove milk stains from upholstery and carpet

Note: This is not recommended for silk, antique or vintage upholstery or silk or wool carpet.

Michael Jacobs, a cleaning professional with Service Pros Local, keeps it simple when removing milk stains from furniture fabric.

  • Be sure to follow the instructions on the care label. If it's safe to use detergent and water, proceed to the next step.
  • Mix 1 teaspoon liquid dish-washing detergent with 1 cup of water.
  • Starting at the outside of the stain and working toward the center, lightly blot with a cloth moistened with the solution.
  • Rinse detergent solution from area by blotting with a dampened white cloth. (If you have a wet/dry vac, that will do a great job removing liquids.)
  • Blot with a towel to dry.

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