Stain Removal Tips: Tomato Sauce

Tackle those stains!

Let’s face it, getting stains on your clothes, carpet or any other surface is just a fact of life. It doesn’t matter how careful or diligent you are, or even if you think you have escaped a saucy dinner unscathed, they always seem to happen no matter what. Stains can come from anywhere at any time, which is what makes getting them just that little bit worse, although not all stains are made equal.

Tomato sauce stains can be some of the worst – whether its Pasta, Pizza, Lasagne or even just plain old baked beans, Tomato sauce has some special power to make a real mess. Getting it off clothes is one thing, but getting those red, oily stains out of carpet is a completely different ball game. 

It is important to point out the difference between a spot and a stain. A spot can be a result of an incident that just happened, and can be cleaned very easily if it hasn’t soaked into the carpet fibres. Stains on the other hand are typically older, and more permanent. These have got into the carpet fibres, and have the power to change the colour of the carpet forever.

While it’s sometimes possible to get them out, taking on those greasy, orange spots out of carpet can be a real hassle, and not every method works as well as you’d like it to. Here are a few stain removal  tips and cleaning advice you can try to get rid of those damned Tomatoey spots (even those dried on ones!). Just remember, before attempting any stain removal technique, you should always check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and do a cleaning test on a small inconspicuous area first.

Ice, Dish Detergent and Vinegar

This home remedy can be used on most surfaces, however it works best on clothes or other easy-to-wash items. Carpet stains can be removed this way but can get a little tricky getting it dry afterwards. All you need for this is an ice cube, dish detergent, white vinegar. 

 

First, make sure you have scraped off any excess tomato sauce, then go ahead and apply a little of the dish detergent to the stain. Second, place an ice cube on top of the stain and let it sit for 2-3 minutes or so. Third, drop a few drops of vinegar onto the stain and, once again, let it sit for a short while. Lastly, using a clean cloth, spot clean the area and the stain should be all gone. This one can be a little fiddly, but the dish detergent can be great on those oily stains that tomato sauce usually leaves behind.

Baking Soda and Lemon

This next home remedy is one of those Grandma tricks that everyone seems to know, but does require a lot of time, reapplication and elbow grease. All you need is salt, baking soda, and water. Simply mix equal parts salt and baking soda together is a small bowl, then add a little bit of water to form a paste. Once combined, rub the paste into the stain and let sit until dry. This trick can require multiple applications and sometimes isn’t strong enough to get the stain out, so you may be best using another method.

Store bought stain removers

This last one is almost always more effective than the ones above as store bought stain removers are typically faster, cleaner and stronger for getting out even the worst of tomato stains (we’re talking the full plate of spaghetti on the floor kind). 

The Stain Buster or Wee Buster packs from Drytron Carpet Cleaning are known for their ease of use and ability to remove even the toughest of carpet stains. First, try your best to scrape or scoop up any solids first. It’s really important not to scrub the stain further into the carpet at this point as it can push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres. 

Second, blot out the liquid with any clean towelling material – and act fast. The earlier you get to the spot or stain the better. Third, making sure you follow the cleaning instructions carefully, apply the cleaning product to another clean towel or cloth and get to work on the stain. 

Applying the cleaning product to the carpet can discolour the carpet if too much is used. To keep the stain in one spot, dab and wipe from the outside of the stain inwards in small, light motions. Then rinse the area with cold or lukewarm water. Lastly, gently blot the area with a white paper towel. You are essentially trying to ‘pick up’ the stain with a paper towel. Keep dabbing the area until the stain has been lifted off.

If these stain removal tips still aren’t getting rid of that damned spot, you might need to get someone in to give you a hand. For professional help, cleaning advice and even more stain removal tips, (if somehow you have dropped more than one plate of spaghetti on the floor) Drytron offer excellent professional stain removal and carpet cleaning services. We even offer personalised carpet cleaning consultations to make sure you get those pesky tomato stains out for good. 

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