How To Remove Gravy Stains From Carpet Or Upholstery

To remove gravy stains from carpet, remove as much of the solids from the fibers as possible using a spoon. BLOT, do not rub because it will only push the oily component of the gravy deeper into the fibers making it more difficult to remove and may even make the stain larger.

Sprinkle the stain with cornstarch, baking soda, or talcum powder to absorb the oil. Use a soft bristle brush to work it slightly into the carpet. Allow the powder to sit on the stain for at least 60 minutes (a couple of hours is even better). Use a vacuum to remove the powder.

If stains remain, BLOT by mixing one tablespoon of hand dishwashing detergent in two cups hot water and add one tablespoon household ammonia. Clean the stain with a sponge or soft-bristled brush dipped in the cleaning solution. Use a dry paper towel to blot away the cleaning solution and repeat until the stain disappears.

Be sure to “rinse” the area with a cloth dipped in plain water to remove any soapy residue. If any cleaning solution is left in the fibers, it will attract more soil. After rinsing, allow the area to air dry and then vacuum well to lift the carpet fibers.

The same cleaning techniques and products recommended for carpet can be used to remove gravy stains from upholstery. If you use the wet cleaning steps, be careful not to over-wet the fabric because excess moisture in the cushions can cause mildew to form.

If the upholstery is silk, wool or vintage fabric, sprinkle the stained area with cornstarch and call Tru-Clean Surface Care for professional removal.

Tru-Clean Surface Care is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau and a seven-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

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