Even with Fido cleaning up the bulk of the mess from a spill, it can prove necessary to engage deeper cleaning methods to remove spaghetti sauce from flooring.
Anyone who enjoys spaghetti will be familiar with the unsightly orange stains that a spill of the sauce can leave behind.
The good news for those of us who have unfortunately had a spaghetti spill on the floor is that there are several effective methods of removing spaghetti sauce from almost any type of flooring.
Naturally it’s very important that you use the right method for your type of flooring. The methods used to remove sauce spills from carpet and rugs will be different from those methods used to clean up sauce spills from hard floors.
In theory it will be easier to remove spaghetti sauce from flooring that is hard; this could include sealed hardwoods, vinyl flooring, and tiled flooring. One of the concerns that you may face with tiled flooring, however, is that the grout between your tiles may not be sealed. The grout will need to be sealed every few years, and it’s easy enough to do this yourself. Another concern is natural flooring, including stone and terracotta.
Cleaning Tile Floors
If you find yourself with spaghetti sauce on your tile floors, you may just need to resort to the cleaning big guns once you’ve mopped up the bulk of the mess.Be sure that you thoroughly remove as much of the mess as is possible. Spaghetti sauce has a habit of splashing in a thousand directions so be certain that you catch all of when you are cleaning up.
Head to your kitchen for your favorite dish detergent, a soft-bristled brush, and some hydrogen peroxide. Mix equal parts dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, in a small bowl. With gloves to protect your hands from irritation rub the cleaning solution into the spaghetti sauce stain. Allow the cleaning solution to sit for up to five minutes, and then scrub with the soft-bristled brush.
Rinse the area with water and observe the stained area. If any of the stain still remains, you could repeat the above steps.
Cleaning Wood Flooring
If your flooring is wood, it should be sealed correctly. But older floors may give you more of an issue with staining if you accidentally drop something. Until you are able to properly seal your floors you should consider keeping some oxalic acid on hand. Your local hardware store will carry it. While the name might sound frightening, it’s quite harmless if used in small amounts. Just be sure to use thick rubber gloves when you are working with it.
Your first step should be to combine dishwashing soap with hot water, and mix well to create suds. Dip a clean sponge into the sudsy foam and apply the foam directly to the spaghetti sauce stain. Dab until the stain is thoroughly covered.
Rinse the area with a clean cloth. If the stain is still visible now would be a great time to use the oxalic acid. Create a cleaning solution of a tablespoon of the oxalic acid, and a pint of water. Apply the cleaning solution to the stain and scrub with a soft-bristled brush.
Rinse the area well and allow it to dry thoroughly before waxing or polishing the flooring.
Cleaning Vinyl Flooring
Do you have vinyl flooring? These types of flooring can often be a durable choice that proves easy to clean of most stains. To remove spaghetti sauce from flooring that is vinyl is not too difficult, but might require a bit of elbow grease for older stains that have been allowed to set.
Start by creating a paste using baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent. Your end result should resemble toothpaste. Apply paste directly onto the stain and allow it to set for up to five minutes. Wipe the area clean, and the stain should be much less visible if it is not entirely gone. If it is still visible then simply leave the cleaning paste on for a bit longer.
Be sure that you don’t use harsh chemicals or scraping tool on vinyl flooring. While it is a very durable choice for your kitchen and other areas of the house, it can be damaged or pierced.
Cleaning Carpets or Rugs
To remove spaghetti sauce from flooring like carpets or rugs, you’ll have to incorporate many of the same cleaning solutions and tools needed for hard flooring.
Start to clean by first ensuring that you have remove as much of the solids and sauce as is possible. Use paper towels to blot at the sauce stain so that you can remove as much as possible prior to working on the stain.
Combine a tablespoon of dishwashing soap with two cups of cold water. Be sure that you use a quality soap that boasts its ability to combat grease and grime. Use a clean sponge or cloth to sponge the cleaning solution onto the stain. Thoroughly saturate the stain.
Using paper towels or a white clean cloth blot at the saturated stain to lift up the cleaning solution and the stain with it.
If the stain proves to be a bit more stubborn, mix a tablespoon of ammonia with a half cup of cold water. Sponge the ammonia solution onto the stain and blot with a clean cloth.
Be sure to never use bleach on carpets, or on any flooring that hasn’t first had a colorfast test done on it.