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How To Remove Barbeque Sauce From Carpet





To clean barbeque sauce from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1. Use a detergent solution by mixing one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with one cup of water.

2. Create an ammonia solution by mixing one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup water. (WARNING: Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as it will create extremely hazardous fumes!)


Roughly four years ago I was manning the barbecue on a Fourth of July weekend. We had a handful of friends over and everyone was starving. I'd just spent the last twenty five minutes grilling a huge amount of chicken wings, asparagus, peppers, and egg plant. It smelled so delicious!

I added one final coating of barbeque sauce to the wings, let them grill for another 5 minutes, and then loaded them onto this huge serving plate. That's when tragedy stuck. In front of all of our guests, I proceeded to trip on the sliding glass door frame as I entered the living room from outside.

I literally flung the plate of wings right across the floor, spraying barbeque sauce and chicken everywhere. I was so disgusted that I ended up ordering pizzas. The stain was huge and my guests where hungry, so I wasn't able to clean it as thoroughly as I should have. Luckily, I was able to clean it again later that afternoon removing much of the stain. I'm lucky it didn't permanently stain the carpet.

Moral of the story? Don't be an oaf like me, and tend to the stain immediately. I should not have waited until that evening to properly clean the area. Barbeque stains should be cleaned immediately before they have time to set in the carpet. The next week I actually found a wing that had somehow landed behind the television.

To clean barbeque sauce from carpet, begin by scooping up as much of the sauce as you can with a spoon. Be careful to gently scoop away at the sauce, don't push it deeper into the carpet. When you've removed as much of the sauce as possible, it's time to go grab some detergent, a bucket, and some paper towels.

First mix together the detergent solution listed in step one. Using a clean cloth or sponge, blot the solution onto the stain. Blot the solution off with a clean cloth and re-apply as necessary. When you're happy with the results, rinse the area thoroughly with plain water. Dry with paper towels.

If some of the BBQ sauce remains in the carpet, then mix together the ammonia solution listed in step two. Apply to the stain in the same manner as you did with the detergent solution. Blot it on and blot it off being careful not to rub at the stain. Rinse the area with plain water and dry.