Have you ever spent time cooking a nice meal for yourself or your family, only to have that nice meal ruined by a spill? Don’t worry! This article that J and R’s Carpet Cleaning wanted to share with you comes from The Spruce.
How to Remove Tomato Sauce Stains From Carpet
As with any stains, quick treatment is best to remove tomato sauce and ketchup stains from carpet.
The longer the stain remains on the carpet, the more difficult it will be to remove.
Start by using a dull knife or the edge of a spoon to lift any solid matter from the fibers. Do not use a cloth or sponge because that can push the stain deeper into the fibers. Try not to make the stain any larger by rubbing.
Working from the outside edges of the stain toward the center, use a white paper towel or clean white cloth that has been dipped in water to blot the stain. Keep blotting until no more color is transferred from the stain.
Mix one teaspoon of heavy duty laundry detergent (Tide, Wisk or Persil) with two cups cool water. Using a clean cloth, work a bit of the solution into the stained area. Do not over-saturate the carpet. Allow the solution to work for ten minutes and then rinse by sponging away any residue with a clean cloth dipped in plain water.
Allow the carpet to air dry. If stain remains, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and cool water following package directions. Apply a bit of the solution to the stained area and allow to work for one hour. Rinse by sponging away solution with a clean white cloth dipped in plain water. Allow to air dry and vacuum to lift carpet fibers.
Follow the same steps for removing tomato stains from upholstery.
Be sure not to over-wet the fabric. Allow to air dry away from direct heat or sunlight to prevent shrinkage and fading.
If the upholstery fabric is silk or delicate, allow a professional cleaner to remove the stains.
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