How to Remove Gravy Stains From Carpeting

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Learn a few tips ahead of time to quickly tackle any stain you might encounter on turkey day. This article comes from The Spruce.

How to Remove Gravy Stains From Carpeting

Gravy is great, makes almost any meal better, and can cover up lots of cooking mistakes. Well, it’s great except when it drops on your necktie, shirt or best tablecloth and causes a stain!

How to Remove Gravy Stains From Carpet and Upholstery

To remove gravy stains from carpet, lift away as much of the solids from the fibers as possible using a dull knife. Do not rub because it will only push the oily component deeper into the fibers making it more difficult to remove and may even make the stain larger.

Sprinkle the stain with cornstarch, baking soda, or talcum powder to absorb the oil. Use a soft bristle brush to work it slightly into the carpet. Allow the powder to sit on the stain for at least 30 minutes (a couple of hours is even better). Use a vacuum to remove the powder.

If stains remain, blot the stain with a dry cleaning solvent following the product instructions. Use a clean white cloth or paper towel. Keep blotting until no more oil is transferred from the carpet to the cloth.

If you do not have a dry cleaning solvent or carpet cleaning product, mix one tablespoon of hand dishwashing detergent in two cups hot water. Add one tablespoon household ammonia. Clean the stain with a sponge or soft-bristled brush dipped in the cleaning solution. Use a dry paper towel to blot away the cleaning solution and repeat until the stain is removed.

Be sure to “rinse” the area with a cloth dipped in plain water to remove any soapy residue. If the cleaning solution is left in the fibers, it will actually attract more soil. After rinsing, allow the area to air dry and then vacuum well to lift the carpet fibers.

The same cleaning techniques and products recommended for carpet can be used to remove gravy stains from upholstery. If you use the wet cleaning steps, be careful not to overwet the fabric because excess moisture in the cushions can cause mildew to form.

If the upholstery is silk or vintage fabric, sprinkle the stained area with cornstarch and call a professional before attempting to remove the stain especially if you need more stain removal tips.

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