Removing Ketchup Stains from Carpet
The procedure described below assumes that the material the carpet is made with can tolerate water. If so, you will need:
- a cold water source
- rubbing alcohol
- cotton ball or a clean white cloth
- mild dishwashing detergent
- hydrogen peroxide solution (3%)
Now proceed as follows:
- Blot the carpet lightly with a white paper towel or clean, white cloth - thus removing as much ketchup as possible.
- Gently blot the stained area with a white cloth or cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol, taking care to blot in one direction at a time. Be aware that rubbing too hard or rubbing in a circular direction may destroy the carpet's texture. In addition, avoid soaking the carpet completely through to the backing since the alcohol can break down the latex bond and damage the durability of the carpet.
- Continue blotting until the spot is removed. If the ketchup stain is removed you are finished. Otherwise, proceed with step 4.
- If the ketchup stain persists, mix 1/4 teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent with 1 quart of water, then dab a clean, white cloth into the detergent solution and gently blot over the stained area. Continue to blot, working the detergent into the stain until it is removed.
- Rinse the area where the stain was with water. The easiest way to rinse carpet is to spray the water using a spray bottle, then blot with white paper towels. Finish by spraying the area with water, covering it with a folded white cloth, and weighting it down with a plastic bag filled with books. Leave the area covered until the carpet is dry. If the ketchup stain is removed you are finished, otherwise proceed with step 6..
- If the stain is still evident, moisten the carpet tufts with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, allowing the solution to penetrate the stain for one hour. Then blot and repeat until the stain is removed. There is no need to rinse the hydrogen peroxide out of the carpet. Finally, apply a dry folded white cloth and weight it down until the carpet is dry. If the ketchup stain has been removed to your satisfaction, you are finished. Otherwise, proceed with step 7.
- Repeat steps 2 through 7.
Removing Ketchup Stains from Upholstery
The procedure described below assumes that the material the upholstery is made with can tolerate water. If so, you will need:
- a cold water source
- white vinegar
- pre-treating laundry stain remover or a heavy-duty laundry detergent
To remove ketchup stain from furniture upholstery or decorative pillows, proceed as follows:
- Sponge the stained area with cold water to remove as much excess ketchup as possible.
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and cold water and sponge the solution over the stain, continuing to apply the vinegar solution until no more ketchup color leaches onto the sponge. If the stain has been removed you are finished, otherwise proceed with step 3.
- Saturate a white cloth with a pre-treating laundry stain remover or a heavy-duty laundry detergent. Allow the cloth to sit on the stain for a minute, then change the cloth to a new, clean one, saturated with the same cleaning solution. Repeat this process for up to 30 minutes.
- If the stain has been removed to your satisfaction, rinse the area thoroughly with cold water and blot to remove excess moisture. Allow the upholstery to dry. Otherwise, proceed with step 5.
- Repeat steps 3 through 5.
Removing ketchup stains takes a little time and patience, but can be successfully done with products commonly found in your home. Products such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, lemon juice and mild dishwashing detergent are not always considered typical stain removers, but can be valuable tools in removing ketchup stains. The key to ketchup stain removal is to treat the stain as soon as possible, since allowing the stain to dry only helps it to set into the material, making removal more difficult.