As much as we’d like to give you advice on how to remove a mustard stain at home, we can’t. Working on it at home will likely remove the dried on portion but leave discoloration from the turmeric color. To give you a better understanding of just how difficult this stain is to remove, I contacted Mike Feudale and asked him to give me a blow-by-blow on how he would go about trying to remove a blob of mustard. Here’s what he told me:
- Determine how old the stain is and whether there were any prior stain removal attempts.
- Try to identify the type of mustard. (It is helpful to not only point out the stain at drop off but to also share what type of mustard it is. According to Mike, many cleaners guess wrong at the pre-spot stage, and this is where the yellow coloring must be broken down. If you miss this opportunity, then it is likely that it is a stain for life on most fabrics and garment types.)
- Test the garment in an inconspicuous place to make sure there will be no dye bleeding.
- Begin the stain removal process by addressing each element individually, starting with the oil portion of the stain and moving on until each portion – vegetable, wine, dye – of the stain has been addressed.