How to Remove Maple Syrup Stains

Maple syrup is a tasty addition to any breakfast; waffles, pancakes, even sausage and bacon get their flavors enhanced by maple syrup’s sweet taste and sticky texture. But, those same things that make maple syrup tasty also make maple syrup difficult to clean if you spill it. Check out this guide on how to remove maple syrup stains.

How to Remove Maple Syrup Stains

How to Remove Maple Syrup Stains From Carpet

If you’re eating breakfast in the living room or your little one decides to toddle around with syrup on his or her hands, you may get some maple syrup stains on your carpet. Don’t fear! The process of removing maple syrup stains from your carpet is fairly simple.

What you will need:

  • Detergent solution (one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to two cups of warm water)
  • Ammonia solution (one tablespoon of ammonia to two cups of water)
  • White cloths
  • Cold water
  1. If there is any hardened or excess maple syrup on the carpet, scrape it off before starting any treatment.
  2. Take the detergent solution (recipe above) and use a clean, white cloth to sponge the stained area with the solution. Continue to blot the area and the stain will start to be lifted from the area. Repeat this as often as necessary, until the stain has disappeared.
  3. If the stain is exceptionally large or has set into the carpet, take the ammonia solution (recipe above) and sponge the stain with a new clean cloth. Blot it gently and repeatedly, like you did with the detergent solution, until the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Take another cloth and soak it with cold water, sponging the area with the water. Then, place a cloth on top of the affected area with a brick or other heavy object, allowing it to sit overnight to dry and absorb any stray maple syrup stains. 

How to Remove Maple Syrup Stains From Washable Fabrics

Oh no! On your rush out the door, you ate a waffle and got maple syrup on your shirt or your tablecloth. As long as the fabric is washable (and doesn’t have to be taken to the dry cleaners),  you can use this easy remedy in order to get rid of the maple syrup stains on your washable fabrics.

What you will need:

  • Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Enzyme presoak product
  • Bleach (color-safe or chlorine)
  • White cloths
  1. Create a mixture of one quart lukewarm water, half of a teaspoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the fabric in this mixture for about fifteen to twenty minutes.
  2. Rinse the fabric thoroughly. The mixture should have, at least started to lift the maple syrup stain from the affected area.
  3. Take a white cloth and soak an edge with rubbing alcohol. Sponge the affected area gently, using light motions. Start from the center of the stain and work your way out. Note: Do not make circular motions, as they may cause the stain to spread and/or get worse.
  4. Mix the enzyme presoak product with warm water (one tablespoon of the product to one quart of water). Soak the fabric for approximately half an hour.
  5. Remove the fabric and rinse it thoroughly before laundering. If the maple syrup stain remains and you are able to use bleach (color-safe bleach is fine as well), launder the piece of fabric or clothing as you usually would. Check the clothing before switching it to the dryer; if the maple syrup stain is still there, air dry the fabric and then repeat the process again once the article is dry. The heat from the dryer can cause the stain to become more deeply set, which makes it more difficult to remove.