Does Milk Stain?

In this brief article, we will be answering the question, “does milk stain?” and will let you in on the tips of removing milk stains from different fabrics and surfaces. 

Does Milk Stain?

Yes, milk does stain. If not cleaned on time and left to dry, innocent-looking milk stains can become dark, turn yellow, and leave a nasty mark. 

Why Does Milk Stain?

Milk stains because it is composed of protein and fat that stick to the surface of fabrics and cause staining.

How Can You Remove Milk Stains From Clothes?

To remove milk stains from clothes, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Lukewarm water
  • Bucket for soaking
  • Liquid laundry detergent 
  • Stain remover gel, spray or stick

Simply follow these easy steps to effectively remove milk stains from clothes.

  1. Soak the fabric in lukewarm water as soon as possible for best results. Keep it soaked for about five to 10 minutes. Avoid using warm or hot water since these will darken the stain. If the stain fades away after some time, move on to step 3. But if it doesn’t, move on to the next step.
  1. Rub liquid laundry detergent (amount depends on the size of stain) on the stained area. Soak the clothes back in the water for about 30 minutes. After every five minutes, gently rub the soaked stain between your fingers for a few seconds, allowing the detergent to penetrate the stain and loosen the milk protein and fats.
  1. Rinse the clothes thoroughly and apply a small amount of stain-removing gel, stick, or spray to the stained area. Let it sit for about ten minutes. Even if step 2 removed the stain, don’t skip this step to ensure no proteins or fats are left in the fabric. 

*For dried stains or stains that have set in over a long time, you may need to repeat steps 1-3 several times. 

  1. Wash the fabric normally once you are satisfied that the stain is gone. Make sure to follow the specific guidelines recommended for washing the fabric. 
  1. Use a drying machine to dry the clothes if permitted by the instructions on the garments, or hang on a wire to air-dry. Again, make sure that there is no stain remaining when the garment is wet before drying it; if the stain persists, it will become permanent on drying. 


How Can You Remove Milk Stains From Carpets and Upholstery?

Follow these quick steps to get rid of milk stains from your carpets and upholstery.

  1. Check the care label of the carpet or upholstery before you begin to ensure that detergents and water can be safely used to clean them.
  2. Blot the stain with a clean cloth or sponge to remove any excess that hasn’t been soaked. 
  3. Prepare your cleaning solution by mixing one teaspoon of any proprietary liquid carpet or upholstery cleaner in one cup of cold or lukewarm water. 
  4. Dip a clean cloth into the cleaning solution and gently blot the stain in a circular motion, slowly moving inwards. 

*If the stain persists, repeat steps 1-4 till the stain is completely removed.  

  1. Wipe away any remaining detergent residue with a damp cloth and blot it dry using a clean cloth, sponge, or towel.

Additional Tip:

If the stains are not effectively removed using soapy water or the cleaning solution prepared above, you might require some stronger chemicals. 

For instance, mix a tablespoon (14.78 ml) of ammonia in two cups (480 ml) of warm water to make a stronger cleaning solution. Dip a clean cloth in the solution (wear gloves since this solution is mildly corrosive) and once the cloth is soaked, gently dab the stained area circling inwards. Dab with a clean cloth to remove the solution, and blot with a clean cloth.

How Can You Remove Milk Stains From Wooden Surfaces?

To remove milk stains from wooden surfaces:

  1. Fill a bucket with a generous amount of dish soap – something basic and old-fashioned, nothing too strong with additional dish detergent. 
  1. Add about half a cup of water. 
  1. Swish the water and dish soap thoroughly until a frothy mixture is obtained. 
  1. Dip a sponge or clean cloth in the mixture and clean the stained surface. Use another bucket containing clean water to rinse the cloth after you dab the stain.
  1. Once the stain is gone, dab the surface with the rinsed cloth or sponge, and pat dry with another clean cloth or towel.

Other FAQs about Milk that you may be interested in.

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How long does it take for milk to spoil?

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In this brief article, we answered the question, “does milk stain?” and told you the tips of removing milk stains from different fabrics and surfaces. 

If you have any questions and comments please let us know.