Removing Food Stains from Carpeting

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 17, 2012)

One of the biggest problems with carpeting is that it can, and often does, act like a sponge. Every so often it becomes necessary to clean and remove stains from that carpeting. One of the more difficult stains to remove is spilled food. Unfortunately, not every spill can be spotted right away and after time it becomes much more difficult to clean. In order to remove ground-in or dried food stains from carpeting, it is going to quite often require some elbow grease and determination. In an effort to help make this task as effortless as possible, simply use this step-by-step guide and you are going to have a perfectly clean carpet.

Materials:

  • Large bowl
  • Mild detergent
  • Butter knife
  • Hot water
  • Soft washcloths

Procedure:

  1. Prepare. Begin cleaning your carpet by simply gathering together all the materials you are going to need and having them near the spill. Initially, you are going to want to pour some hot water into the bowl. In that bowl you are going to take one of the washcloths and get it nice and wet. Once wet, take it out of the bowl and wring it out so that it is no longer dripping wet.
  2. Press. Take the hot, damp washcloth and press it onto the stain for a good three or four minutes. The heat and water alone should be able to remove or loosen up the food and gunk from the stain. When pressing the washcloth onto the stain, make sure that you are pressing as hard as you possibly can.
  3. Scrape. After you have finished pressing on the stain for four minutes, remove the washcloth and then get your butter knife. Simply take the dull, flat edge of the knife and use it to scrape up as much of the loosened food and gunk as you can. This should be able to remove most, if not all of the mess. If not, then simply repeat step two as many times as needed.
  4. Soak. Once you have removed all the food, it is now time to deal with the remaining stain. Take your bowl back into the kitchen and refill it with hot water, mixing in some gentle detergent or soap. I would suggest using the same kind that you use on your laundry as this is typically fabric safe. Now go back into the area where the stain is located and soak a fresh washcloth. Gently wipe the stain with the washcloth and then place the washcloth onto the stain and let it sit there for roughly ten minutes.
  5. Wipe. After soaking the stain, wipe it again. This time you are going to be rinsing it so you are going to want to use clean warm water and a fresh washcloth. Finally, after you have completed rinsing the area, the stain should be gone. Simply pat the area dry with a clean towel and you are finished.

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