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How To Remove Peanut Butter from Carpet & Upholstery

Peanut butter is a beloved and tasty treat enjoyed by many, but when it ends up on your carpet or upholstery, it can be a sticky and challenging mess to clean.

Much like sticky sweets, peanut butter requires a specific technique to effectively and safely remove it.

In this blog, we'll provide you with effective techniques to remove peanut butter stains from both carpet and upholstery, ensuring your home remains spotless and peanut butter-free.

Removing Peanut Butter Stains from Carpet

To remove peanut butter from your carpet, follow these steps:

  1. Scrape away the excess peanut butter with a knife or spoon and get rid of it

  2. Blot with cold water and a clean dampened cloth. Don't rub

  3. Create a warm water mild detergent spray cleaner for non natural fibres. For natural fibres buy a specially made cleaner

  4. Rinse and blot the detergent away until all of the soap is gone

  5. Allow to air dry. You can use a fan to speed the process

Step 1: Act Quickly

As with any stain, prompt action is vital. Scrape off as much of the excess peanut butter as possible using a blunt knife or spoon. Be careful not to spread the peanut butter further into the carpet fibres.

Step 2: Blot with Cold Water

Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with cold water and gently blot the stained area. Cold water helps prevent the stain from setting. Continue blotting until you've removed as much of the peanut butter as possible.

Step 3: Create a Cleaning Solution

For synthetic carpet fibres, mix one teaspoon of mild liquid dish soap with one cup of warm water to create a cleaning solution. Stir the solution gently until the soap is dissolved.

For natural fibre carpets, you can buy specialist products for the, or you can hire a professional carpet cleaner to do the job for you if you struggle.

Step 4: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Dampen a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and gently blot the peanut butter stain. Work from the outside of the stain towards the centre, gradually lifting the peanut butter from the carpet fibres.

Avoid scrubbing the natural fibres, as it may damage the carpet. However scrubbing gently may be necessary to get that peanut butter out if it's been on for a while.

Step 5: Rinse and Blot

Using a separate clean cloth dampened with cold water, blot the area to rinse away the soap residue. Continue blotting until you've removed all traces of the cleaning solution.

Step 6: Dry the Carpet

Allow the carpet to air dry completely before using the area. Open windows or use fans to expedite the drying process. Avoid walking on the damp carpet to prevent any additional staining or damage.

Removing Peanut Butter Stains from Upholstery

There are a few extra considerations when removing peanut butter from your upholstery.

Here' what to consider:

Different fabrics: There are certain fabrics which need to be treated with extra care. Leather, velvet and suede will require specialist cleaning techniques and certain products also.

Steam Cleaning: It is best NOT to steam clean your couches unless you know what you're doing. This is because there is foam in the cushions and steam cleaning could lead to mould or mildew. Also, Some couches have wood built inside of them so again, steam cleaning could weaken the materials inside.


Peanut butter stains may seem like a sticky situation, but with prompt action and the right techniques, you can successfully remove them from your carpet and upholstery.

Act quickly, scrape off excess peanut butter, and use appropriate cleaning solutions. By following these steps, you'll restore your carpet and upholstery to their original, spotless condition, ensuring a clean and welcoming environment in your home.

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