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How to remove food stains from a carpet

How to remove food stains from a carpet?

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Try removing food stains yourself before having carpets cleaned professionally

If you have spilt food on your carpet, you should be prepared for some stains to form. Especially if the food was rich, saucy, or greasy, you are probably looking at a bit of damage being done to the carpet. Thankfully, before you need to have your carpets cleaned professionally, you can try this quick solution out first.

You might need clarification about what to try when food stains lie on your carpet. To help you make the right choice, we recommend using the following tips to remove food stains from your carpet. This method should lift the damage so that you can look forward to having a carpet that no longer looks quite so damaged.

Only some food stains will lift using this method, but this should help with the majority of food stains you manage to create.

Dealing with food stains on your carpet

The most common stains will be from rich, saucy items like tomato sauce-based dishes and greasy foods. If you drop some greasy food on your carpet, then you should make sure that you scrape as much grease out from the carpet as you are able. Be light with your scraping, though, as you want to avoid damaging the carpet or forcing the fibres in the wrong direction.

Once you do this, sprinkle some cornstarch over the greasy part of the carpet. The grease will be soaked and absorbed into corn starch. Leave this for a few hours and then vacuum it up – this should leave you with a cleaner-looking carpet. 

Now, you should combine some dish soap and some vinegar and mix it into a mixture of warm water (usually, two cups of warm water is enough).

Finally, blot the stain using this mixture, and you should see much of the damage lifting. Continue blotting the greasy stain, and you should – should – see most of the damage being removed from the stained area.

What about tomato dishes?

If you are dealing with a tomato-themed food stain, you will need first to blot the stain with paper towels to get rid of as much of the sauce as you can. Then, take some dish soap and combine this with two cups of cool water. Take a clean white cloth and blot the stain. 

Once you finish blotting the stain, mix some ammonia into a half-cup of cool water. Blot the stain using this mixture with a clean cloth.

Once you do that, you should blot the mixture with another clean cloth using only cool water. This should then be left to air dry for a while. If this does not remove the stain entirely, repeat the process above, and you should see most of the damage lifting up. 

Are you struggling with food stains on your carpet in Chessington and surrounding areas? The Carpet Cleaning Pros can make sure that you can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Please feel free to contact us for advice and insight on the best way to lift this damage from your carpet so that it looks better starting today.  


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