Working out more is perhaps the most common New Year’s resolution. With more exercise comes more whey protein shake consumption. You may prepare a shake and consume it on the car ride back from the gym. If you’re not careful, the contents may spill all over the upholstery. Can you remove a protein shake stain, or is the car cabin destined to smell like a powdered chocolate shake forever?
Removing any stain requires a specific process. The steps below don’t just apply to protein shakes but also to any protein-based liquids. This includes dairy products, baby formula, vomit, urine, and sweat. You can’t just apply an upholstery spray and wipe with a cloth. You need to apply a multi-step process to fully restore the fabric or leather.
1. Use a paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible. Use a blunt knife to remove solids embedded deep in the fabric.
2. Soak the material in cold water. For dried stains, use an enzymatic soaking agent.
3. Remove the fabric if you can, and machine wash the material in cold water. Use an enzyme-based detergent. Add bleach if the stain is exceptionally bright or dark in color.
A word of caution: avoid the enzymes if the fabric is silk or wool. Instead, stick to a conventional cleaner.
The steps above may not fully remove long-dried protein stains. In this case, you will need to bring the car to a vehicle detailing station.
Car protein shake spills increase in January. This is no surprise since more people are making resolutions to stay in shape. To keep your car in shape, bring it to Henry’s Auto Detail for an interior detail and exterior wash and wax. Removing a protein shake stain may require professional servicing.
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