Spaghetti is one of those classic dinner favorites that the whole family loves. From children to adults everyone can agree that spaghetti is a tasty and comforting meal. What is not so loved however is when spaghetti sauce is spilled on the carpet.
Red stains especially marinara are some of the most dreaded because they can be difficult to remove from textiles, especially ones you can’t just stick in a washing machine like the carpeting on your floor. So how does someone get that spaghetti sauce out of the carpet?
As always the first rule of thumb with any stain is to treat the stain as soon as possible and always blot never rub!
-Start to treat the stain by first removing as much of the spilled sauce as possible. Scoop up any excess sauce with a spoon starting with the outer edge of the spill scooping it up and off the carpet toward the center to prevent further spreading and making the stain larger.
-Next take a clean white cloth or clean sponge at lightly dampen with cold water or club soda and very gently blot the remaining sauce again working from the outside of the stain toward the center. Be careful not to saturate the carpet.
-If there is still sauce after rinsing the carpet use a homemade solution of gentle dishwashing liquid such as Dawn and water. Mix one tablespoon of soap with two cups of water. Apply the solution to the stain with a new clean cloth or sponge and blot from the outside toward the center just as with the water or club soda. Rinse the solution from the carpet with cold water when the stain is out or is no longer coming out of the carpet.
-If the stain is still holding on to your carpet it is time to grab the ammonia. Before using the ammonia it is good to grab a pair of gloves to mix the solution as ammonia is strong stuff. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with ½ a cup of cool water. Test the ammonia solution on a small unseen area of your carpet first ammonia may bleach darker carpet colors. Apply the ammonia solution to the stain with the same steps as the dish liquid solution making sure to rinse the carpet afterwards.
-Sauce still not letting go of your carpet? It’s time to make a hydrogen peroxide solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of peroxide with 3 tablespoons of water. Test the solution on an unseen area to make sure it will not bleach the carpet. Apply the solution to the stain and cover with a towel to block light. Let the peroxide solution and towel sit on the stain for 30 minutes. Check at five minute intervals to make sure the peroxide is not bleaching the carpet. Rinse after 30 minutes is up.
If you have tried all of the solutions and your carpet is still stained with sauce it is time to call in the professional cleaners. All Kleen has a team of highly trained carpet cleaners ready to tackle your toughest stains..