Ketchup Stain Removal Solutions


Ketchup stain removalThis is your step by step guide to ketchup stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery. Ketchup is one of the world’s favorite condiments: we drizzle it on hamburgers and hot dogs, and drown french fries, hash browns, and eggs in the stuff. With all the ketchup that’s consumed, we should know the proper way to remove those unsightly red, blotchy stains. Below are solutions on how to remove ketchup stains from clothes & fabrics and removing ketchup stains from carpets & upholstery.

Description: A condiment consisting of a thick, smooth-textured, spicy sauce usually made from tomatoes. Though the ingredients of ketchup don’t usually differ from nation to nation, the primary uses for it do, for example, in Sweden, on pasta; Eastern Europe, on pizza; Japan, on rice; Denmark, on spaghetti; Thailand, as dip for potato chips; Great Britain, on fish and chips; Spain and India, on eggs; and in the United States, on hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries.

While ketchup is unarguably the most popular condiment at a summer cookout, this won’t be the only time and place you’ll find the need to remove ketchup stains, since hamburgers and french fries are year-round foods. A ketchup spot could appear literally any time and consequently, you’ll find yourself removing ketchup stains any time.

This is a foodstuff with a tendency to plop and splatter. From the collar of your windbreaker after eating a hot dog at the game, to the hem of your dress after the church picnic, ketchup is found to be an equal opportunity stain.


Ketchup Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics

Solution 1:

1. Scrape away any excess ketchup.

2. For washables, first soak the stained item in cold water to remove as much of the ketchup as possible. The older the stain, the longer you should soak it – up to several hours.

3. Then pretreat it before washing it. Begin by mixing a ¼ teaspoon clear liquid dishwashing detergent with ½ cup cold water.

4. Apply it directly to the fabric, and then lay the garment on a hard surface and pat the stain lightly with the back of a spoon. This allows the solution to get in between the fibers, where stains hide. Don’t rub the fabric together; that will abrade the fibers.

5. Next, wash as directed either by machine or by hand in the hottest water safe for the fabric.

6. If the stain does not come out completely, follow the same pretreatment procedures but, this time, with a solution of 1 teaspoon ammonia and ½ cup cold water. Again, wash as directed.

7. If that fails, try a liquid laundry detergent containing enzymes (or a paste made from a granular detergent and water). Apply it directly on the stain, pat, and then wash.

8. For fabrics that cannot be washed, either have them professionally dry-cleaned or blot with a clean white towel and a spot remover. For ketchup stain removal, blot from the inside of the garment to push the stain out.

Solution 2:

1. Use a dull knife or spoon to remove as much as possible.

2. Flush the back of the stain immediately with cold water to force the stain through the fabric.

3. Rub a liquid enzyme detergent into the stain and let stand several minutes. Rub the fabric between thumbs during soaking.

4. Rinse well.

5. Sponge with a mild bleach, such as white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon juice, then rinse well.

6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until no more stain can be removed.

7. Apply a laundry presoak (spot stain remover) and let stand several minutes.

8. Launder with an enzyme detergent.

9. Let garment dry in the sun for added bleaching.

10. If the stain remains, rub an enzyme detergent into the stain and then soak garment in warm water for up to 30 minutes or until the stain is removed. Rinse well.

11. Apply laundry presoak (spot stain remover) and relaunder.


Ketchup Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery

Solution 1:

1. Blot with a clean white towel and water.

2. Mix ¼ teaspoon clear liquid dishwashing detergent with ½ cup cold water. Dip a white towel in the solution and blot.

3. Rinse by blotting with a clean towel and water.

4. If the stain does not come out completely, follow the same procedure but, this time, with a solution of 1 teaspoon ammonia and ½ cup cold water.

5. If stain remains, as a last-ditch effort, try blotting with hydrogen peroxide. But be careful: It will cause color dyes to bleed and fade.

Have you reached ketchup stain removal success? I hope so!


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