You have a spill of pasta sauce or maybe some tomato juice on your carpet? The remedy detailed in this article will help you deal with any tomato based stain, allowing you to remove it without any leftovers or danger of damage for your carpet’s fibers. This is an easy home remedy, you will need basic household supplies like:
- distilled white vinegar
- a couple of white towels
- some colourless, bleach free carpet shampoo
- warm water
Cleaning a tomato stain from your carpet with a detergent
If the stain is still fresh, make sure to remove any solids like tomato chunks or the seeds, use a paper towel and carefully scrape off as much as you can. Removing the initial source of the stain will make the extraction of the tomato particles a lot easier. You’ll need a white cloth, preferably 100% cotton as to absorb as much of the tomato as possible. If the stain is from a fresh tomato, act quickly as the fruit of the plant carries a lot of acidity, which might ruin the colours of your carpet.
- Get some cold water as not to set the stain.
- Dip an edge of the cloth in the water.
- Spread the moisture around the rest of the surface – that way you get an evenly saturated, absorbent surface to work with.
- Blot out the area and get out as much as you can, while periodically checking to see whether and how much of the stain is transferring onto the rag.
- Repeat until no more transfer can be noticed.
- Take a mixture of 1 tbsp of a detergent of your choice and 30 parts water – it’s best to get a carpet specific detergent as to avoid unpleasant reactions and dislocations.
- Apply the mixture either with a sponge, or a water bottle, to the remaining stained area.
- Blot out using a clean rug from the outside edges in order to prevent the stain from spreading. Use gentle pressure, but don’t afraid to apply some more force, be sure not to rub or you will untwine the fibers of the carpet and get an abnormal looking clean spot.
- Rinse the spot out with warm water to remove the detergent residue.
- Dry with a stack of paper cloths and a weight – the spot should be dry within 1-2 hours.
Remove tomato stains with vinegar and baking soda
- Make a paste from 2 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of vinegar and water
- Apply the paste to a fresh or dried tomato stain
- Let it stay for an hour
- Scrape off the top layer
- Apply with a spoon a half water half vinegar mixture to the paste
- Wait for the reaction
- Rinse the spot with cold water and remove any leftover residue
- Repeat these steps if the stain persists
Through the exchange of ions and the release of energy through the creation of 2 H2O molecules and 1 CO2 molecules, that the bond between the stain and the carpet is broken. This should get rid of most of the tomato stain even if it’s an old one.
If the stain persists opt for a professional’s help, you’ve done a wonderful job already so they should get spotless results. If there are some good cleaners in your area, take advantage whenever you need them.