How to Get Food and Beverage Stains Out of Carpet

What do carpet and a home-cooked meal have in common? When done right, both can warm your soul and make a house feel like home.

Unfortunately, the two don’t always go hand in hand. Why does it seem like the best foods always make a mess? Carpet stains can be intimidating. Don’t let that spilled glass of red wine ruin a good time. Luckily, you can treat the scariest stains with supplies you probably already have around the house.

Remember, before trying any new cleaning method or solution on your carpet, always test it on less visible area of the carpet first. Depending on the type of carpet, a little stain can turn into permanent carpet damage if you’re not careful.

Fruit Juice

Grape juice, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice—all the best juices can quickly turn a light colored carpet into a pink polka dot one in the blink of an eye. Luckily, with the help of a couple of regular kitchen items, you’ll get the stain out in no time.

  1. Paper Towels. Blot the stain with paper towels, absorbing as much of the juice as you can.
  2. Lukewarm Water. Soak a clean white towel in lukewarm water, and sponge it onto the stain.
  3. Paper Towels, Round Two. Using new paper towels, blot the area to absorb the lukewarm water.
  4. Dishwashing Detergent and White Vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, one-half cup of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, blot the mixture on the stain, working your way from the outside to the center so the stain doesn’t spread.
  5. Lukewarm Water, Round Two. Soak another clean white cloth in warm water, and blot the cleaning solution away from the stained area.
  6. Repeat. Continue steps four and five until the stained area is clean. Allow the spot to air dry.


It’s a sweet treat enjoyed by just about everyone. Even though it’s a solid, chocolate has a really low melting point, which can make it challenging to clean it out of carpet.

  1. Utensil. Using a fork, spoon or knife, scrape as much of the chocolate as you can out of the carpet. Be careful not to damage any of the fibers.
  2. Vacuum. Vacuum the area to suck up any chocolate bits you might have missed while you were scraping it away.
  3. Paper Towels and Iron. Cover the stain with a single layer of paper towels. Turn your iron on to its lowest setting. Iron the paper towel so that it absorbs the chocolate as it melts. You might need to use multiple paper towels, depending on how much chocolate spilled on the carpet.

Red Wine

Oh, wine. It always seems to have a hard time staying in the glass, doesn’t it? There’s a reason why chemical stain removers and professional carpet cleaners always use red wine as an example in their commercials—it’s one of the most difficult stains to get out. Surprisingly enough, you can usually clean up red wine stains with products you already have at home.

  1. Paper Towels. Soak up as much of the spilled wine as you can.
  2. Dish Soap. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap with one cup of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, dab the stain with the mixture.
  3. Vinegar. Mix one-half cup of distilled white vinegar with one-half cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and allow it to sit for 30 seconds. Use a clean white cloth to blot the stain.
  4. Water. Blot the stain using another clean white cloth soaked in warm water.
  5. Repeat. Repeat steps two through four until you’ve removed the stain.


Food grease can be an unsuspecting carpet destroyer. It can also be difficult to pick up. With a little know-how, you’ll be able to save your carpet and your sanity.

  1. Utensils. Scrape as much of the grease out of the carpet as you can. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers.
  2. Cornstarch. Sprinkle cornstarch over the spill. After the cornstarch has absorbed the grease, suck it up with a vacuum.
  3. Dish Soap and Vinegar. Mix one tablespoon of dish soap, one tablespoon of white distilled vinegar and two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, blot the stain with the mixture. Continue blotting until you can’t see the stain anymore.

Tomato Sauce

Nothing is more comforting than your grandmother’s famous tomato sauce, right? However, watching a meatball roll onto grandma’s vintage carpet can turn a comforting dinner into a stressful one. With a couple of household staples, you can get the stain out in no time.

  1. Paper Towels. Gently blot the stain with paper towels to absorb as much of the sauce as you can.
  2. Dish Soap. Combine one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, blot the stain.
  3. Ammonia. Mix one tablespoon of ammonia and one-half cup of cool water. Using a new clean white cloth, blot the stain with the mixture.
  4. Water. Finally, using a third clean white cloth, blot the mixture with cool water. Allow the stain to air dry. Repeat steps two through four until the stain disappears.

Still Stuck With a Stain?

If you can’t get the stain out with household tricks, it might be time to try a chemical stain remover. When using chemical stain removers, be sure to test the solution in a non-visible area first.

Or, maybe you’re tired of cleaning stains out of your old carpet and it’s finally time to replace it. The experts at Jabara’s Carpet Outlet can help you select the perfect carpet for your home. Give us a call at 316-267-252, or come visit us at 1816 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.