You may not remember exactly how the plate went flying, but it did and now you have a spaghetti sauce stain to remove. Don’t fret yet — removing spaghetti sauce stains is a cinch as long as you know how to do it.
Removing a Spaghetti Sauce Stain
Whether the stains appear on carpets, clothing, or furniture, you are going to need to take immediate steps in order to correct the problem. One reason for this is the longer you wait to remove the stains, the harder it will be to get them out. The second reason is that you run the risk of attracting rodents and bugs when the sugary sauce remains where it is. So, rule number one of removing spaghetti sauce stain would be to act as quickly as possible.
Removing Spaghetti Sauce Stain from Carpet or Upholstery
When dealing with stains on the carpet or upholstery, you will be pleased to learn that you do not need any special stain removing products. Quality dishwashing detergent is all you will need. As most will likely surmise, the dishwashing detergent is designed to break up food related materials such as oil, grease, syrup, and the like which is why it is perfect for eradicating stains created by spaghetti sauce. Avoid using clothing detergent as this would not be the right solution to employ.
Before trying to clean up the stains, it is advised to use a butter knife to scrape away all the excess. (Doing this is pretty easy) The excess is not the “dug in” part of the stain and you want to remove it as quickly as possible before is soaks in and expands the existing stain.
Mix the Detergent – Don’t Pour It
However, you do not want to make the common error of squeezing the dish detergent directly onto the stain and making a huge thick puddle of detergent when removing spaghetti sauce stain. Doing so will do little to remove the stain and might make things worse. You may end up with a huge blotch of detergent in its place which, ironically, could create its own new stain.
Instead, add one single teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent to two cups of water and mix the solution thoroughly. Be sure you are using liquid detergent and not powdered detergent because the powdered version might not completely dissolve.
Use a washcloth (not a sponge and definitely not a paper towel) soaked in the solution to blot away at the stain. Don’t make the common error of rubbing the cloth harshly on the spaghetti stain as this will likely spread the stain and make it worse. Rather, the solution should be lightly dabbed on the stains until it slowly and effectively is absorbed into the carpet.
Once it has been absorbed and allowed to settle for a few seconds, you can start to further blot away the stains. You may have to do this a few times in order to get the stain completely removed.
When The Spaghetti Sauce Stain Still Remains
What happens in the dire scenario that the stain is not completely removed? First, you can take solace in the fact the dire situation is not really all that dire. There is a way to deal with the more stubborn stain and it comes in the form of using ammonia.
Basically, you can mix a teaspoon of ammonia into two cups of warm water and mix the solution together. Upon doing so, you then will blot the stain with the ammonia solution which should break up and dissipate even the most stubborn of all stains. Allow the ammonia to absorb into the stain and then blot it with cold water.
With both the cleaning solution and the ammonia, you will need to blot the stain dry with a cloth. Don’t let it air dry because you want to absorb the residue of the stain into your cloth as opposed to letting it return to the carpet via air drying.
At Least It Is Organic
One huge benefit to removing spaghetti sauce stain is that it is organic which means it breaks down a lot easier than would be the case with other liquids. Granted, you do have to act quickly or the food coloring could dye the carpet to the point only professional stain removal services will be able to handle the job.