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Removing Carpet Stains: Removing Spilled Food

Published On: February 26, 2014Categories: Building Maintenance, Carpet Cleaning, General Cleaning, Janitorial Services

Photo by TheCleanAdvantage

Photo by TheCleanAdvantage

Carpet Cleaning Tips for Removing Spilled Food

Our expert carpet cleaners explain how to remove food stains from carpet.  Please keep in mind these are only suggestions to help minimize a stain and always do a spot test in a discrete part of your carpet or fabric to make sure the treatment does not damage or stain carpet further.

To learn how to make stain removal solutions and solvents visit our previous blog post.

In the event that the treatments below do not work keep the area damp until one of INTEKs’ trained technicians can arrive.  We will do our best to remove the stain as best we can, however, since every stain is different there is no guarantee.

BUTTER AND MARGARINE:

  1. Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.
  2. Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.
  3. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  4. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

KETCHUP & TOMATO SAUCE:

  1. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot dry.

CHOCOLATE:

  1. Scrape away as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.
  2. Apply cool detergent solution, blot.
  3. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  4.  Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  5. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

FOOD COLORING:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently. A dried stain of food coloring will most likely spread when wet. Repeat until color is no longer transferred to towel.
  2. Apply ammonia solution, blot.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

JAM & JELLY:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Rinse with water, blot.
  4. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  5. Rinse with water, blot until dry.

MUSTARD:

  1. Apply detergent solution, blot.
  2. Apply vinegar solution, blot.
  3. Apply enzyme detergent, blot.
  4. If stain remains, rust remover (Oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary. Do not use ammonia or alkalies.

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