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How To Remove Mustard Stains From Your Carpet & Upholstery

Mustard spills on carpet or upholstery can leave behind stubborn and unsightly yellow stains. Much like ketchup, these stains are common, especially amongst burger munchers!

Dealing with mustard stains may seem challenging, but with the right techniques and prompt action, you can successfully remove them.

In this blog post, we will provide you with effective tips and methods to get mustard out of your carpet and upholstery, helping you restore the cleanliness and beauty of your fabrics.

Removing mustard stains from your carpet and upholstery furniture

Scrape away the mustard from the surface without rubbing it into the fibres even more. Blot the stain with a clean white cloth and then pre treat the stain with a mild detergent with warm water. Spray generously, allow to sit for a few minutes and then blot again. Rinse with cold water and then allow to dry.

For a more detailed guide, carry on reading:

Before you start

Before removing mustard stains, it's important to act quickly and avoid rubbing the stain, as it can spread further into the fibres.

Test any cleaning solution or method on a small, inconspicuous area of the carpet or upholstery to ensure it doesn't cause any discoloration or damage.

Removing Mustard Stains from Carpet:

Step 1: Scrape off excess mustard: Using a dull knife or spoon, gently scrape off any excess mustard from the carpet. Be careful not to push the stain deeper into the fibres.

Step 2: Blot the stain: Dampen a clean white cloth or paper towel with cold water and gently blot the mustard stain. Start from the outer edges of the stain and work your way toward the centre. Avoid rubbing, as it may push the stain further into the carpet.

Step 3: Create a cleaning solution: Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap with 2 cups of warm water. Alternatively, you can use a carpet stain remover specifically designed for protein-based stains.

Step 4: Apply the cleaning solution: Dampen a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and gently blot the mustard stain. Work from the outer edges toward the centre, using light pressure. Continue blotting until the stain starts to lift.

Step 5: Rinse and blot: Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and blot the area to remove the cleaning solution. Ensure that all traces of the cleaning solution are thoroughly rinsed out. Blot with a dry towel to absorb excess moisture.

Step 6: Allow the carpet to dry: Open windows or use a fan to promote air circulation and aid in the drying process. Avoid walking on the damp carpet until it is completely dry to prevent spreading the stain or causing further damage.

Removing Mustard Stains from Upholstery

When dealing with upholstery such as couches and footstools, it's important to know what material you will be working with.

The steps above work for most upholstery materials except:

Leather: For leather, you will need to use a dedicated leather cleaner to remove the mustard. This is because you can easily dry leather out and damage it if you use normal cleaners. Have a look at this guide to understand what you can and can't use on leather.

Velvet & Suede: With these materials you need to be extra careful. Using a soapy solution can be too much for it so it's best to use a degreaser. If that doesn't work, you can get some dedicated cleaners for this material too.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid using hot water or heat sources, such as hairdryers, as they can set the mustard stain and make it more challenging to remove.

  • If the stain persists, you may need to repeat the cleaning process or consider using a specialized upholstery cleaner. Follow the instructions on the product carefully.

  • For valuable or delicate upholstery, it's best to consult a professional cleaner to ensure safe and effective stain removal.


Removing mustard stains from carpet and upholstery requires swift action and proper cleaning techniques.

By following the steps outlined in this blog post and being proactive, you can successfully eliminate mustard stains and restore the cleanliness and beauty of your fabrics.

Remember, patience and caution are key to achieving the best results.

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