Carpet stains are hard to get out once they’re already set in. This is why cleaning them out upon spill contact is so important. Even if you attack the problem right away and try to nip the stain in the bud, some substances are just tough to get rid of. Tomato sauce on carpet is one of the worst stains to have, especially if the carpet is lightly colored like white or beige.
Tomato Sauce on Carpet - What to Do Now?
Do you have tomato sauce on carpet that won’t come off? You can create solutions using lemon, club soda, dish soda or use hydrogen peroxide.
Clean With Water and Lemon
- As soon as the tomato stain is discovered, use cold water and a clean cloth to blot the stain from the outside in.
- Once you’ve blotted cold water onto the whole area, cut a slice of lemon and rub that slice onto the stain.
- Let the lemon sit on the stain for 30 seconds and then pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain.
- Retract as much water as you can from the saturated area using a clean dry cloth.
- Leave the affected area to dry overnight. If there is still a stain by the next day, repeat the same process again until you are pleased with your results and your carpet is cleaned.
Club Soda, Dish Soap and Patience
- For set in stains that have some surface crust, use a knife or some kind of dull blade to scrape off some of the tomato from the carpet. Remember to work from the outside in.
- Pour club soda on the whole affected area and let rest for just under a minute.
- Using a damn cloth or sponge, soak up as much of the club soda as possible by pressing firmly onto the stain.
- Dry this up with paper towels or a dry cloth.
- Add 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent to about 2 cups of cold water and mix it well.
- With a clean cloth, dip it into the solution and dab it onto the stained carpeted area.
- Dry with paper towel and repeat putting the dish soap solution about 2 more times or until you start to see results.
- Let dry overnight and repeat all steps again next day if results aren’t to your liking.
The Last Resort
- Mix 3 tablespoons of cold water with 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (3% is best for carpet, anything higher may damage the carpet fibers).
- Test a small patch that isn’t very visible to make sure the solution doesn’t stain or damage the carpet on contact.
- Once you know that this mixture is ok for your carpet, pour or spray it all over the stained area.
- With a white or lightly colored towel (be careful as the peroxide can make towel colors bleed into carpet), cover the stain and let the solution work it’s magic for about 30 minutes. Check on it often to make sure the carpet isn’t changing color.
- Rinse by pouring cold water over the stain and retract with dry towel or paper towels.
Whether you are cooking, eating, entertaining or playing with your food, sometimes stains happen. Tomato stains on carpet can be tough to get out, but luckily, there are some easy home treatments you can try with just the simple ingredients you already own in your home.