Karen asked: How do I clean a dried egg stain from a wooden table? An egg was broken and cleaned up. However, some of the egg remained on the wooden table. It has left a stain on the table. How do you remove this stain?
Eggs are a protein that can leave marks on any surface once they dry. The longer they are allowed to set, the more difficult they will be to remove. With quick attention and persistent effort, these stains can be removed and the surface can be returned to normal.
You Will Need:
- Laundry detergent
- Protein stain remover (ex: Spray ‘n Wash)
- Sponges or soft cloths
Steps to Remove the Egg:
- Begin by filling a bucket with cool water and adding the laundry detergent.
- Agitate the water briskly until a large amount of suds form.
- Apply only the suds to the stain using a cloth or sponge.
- Wipe the stain continually, following the grain of the wood.
- If the stain begins to lift, continue with the steps above. It may take several repetitions to remove the stain completely.
- If the stain is not affected, spray a small amount of stain remover onto a clean sponge or cloth.
- Wipe the stain again, following the grain of the wood.
- Repeat until the stain is removed.
- When the stain is gone, rinse the area by wiping it with a clean sponge or cloth moistened with clean water.
- Dry with a soft towel.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Hot water will set a protein stain and make it much more difficult to remove. Always use cool or cold water when treating protein stains.
- Some stain removers and detergents may affect the finish of the furniture piece. Test a small hidden area first to ensure that there are no adverse effects from the cleaning products.