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How to Remove Tomato Sauce Stain From Your Carpets and Upholstery


Tomato Sauce is a common stain in the home, and unfortunately it can be tough to remove. You’ll know this if you have seen what it does to plastic containers and cooking utensils over time. As with all stains, it’s best to start quickly for most effective results.

Scrape Up Any Excess Sauce

Whether you’re looking at a ketchup stain or home-made tomato sauce, start by scraping the excess sauce up. You can do this with a butter knife or any spoon. This will make it easier to clean the area and ensure you don’t have to deal with a bigger mess. If you can, try to scoop from the outside of the stain inwards to avoid spreading the sauce more.

Dilute the Stain

Next, and this is particularly important if the stain is a little older, blot come cold water onto the stain. The idea is to loosen the sauce without rubbing it around the carpet or upholstery.

Use A Cleaning Agent

Mix about 1 tablespoon of dish soap and some lukewarm water. You can then dab this over the affected area for a few minutes. You should see the stain begin to lift after some time, but it’s important to continue dabbing until it is completely gone.


Next, you’ll want to blot any remaining cleaning solution from the area. Use a damp, clean cloth over the area. Then allow the area to air-dry before coming into contact with it again.

Still Unsure?

Maybe the stain was quite large and you couldn’t remove it fully. Or maybe you’ve found that your carpet or sofa is quite delicate and you’re worried about damaging it further as you try to clean. If your stain doesn’t fully lift from the fabric, you may need some professional help to get it back to normal. Whatever you do, refrain from using ammonia or bleach on your carpets or sofas yourself. This can damage the fibres or remove the pigment of the material if you are unsure it is safe to use.

At Happy Clean, we are trained to deal with the tomato sauce stains or any kind of tough stains. Just give us a call or email us and we will give you the best advice! Follow us on Facebook for many before and after photos, videos and great reviews!