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Spilled BBQ Sauce on Your Carpet? Here's How to Clean It Up!

Accidents happen, and if you've recently spilled BBQ sauce on your carpet, you might be worried about the stubborn stain it could leave behind.

You would be right to be concerned, BBQ stains are as difficult to remove as ketchup stains and can take a lot of patience. Barbecue sauce is made of some pretty potent stuff.

However, with the right approach and some quick action, you can effectively remove BBQ sauce from your carpet.

In this blog post, we'll guide you through simple and effective steps to tackle BBQ sauce stains, allowing you to restore the cleanliness and beauty of your carpet.

How To Remove BBQ Stains From Your Carpet

To remove barbecue stains, follow these steps:

  1. first remove the excess sauce

  2. blot with a clean cloth or kitchen roll

  3. Create a cleaning solution of dishwashing soap and warm water

  4. Apply generously to stained are and leave for 5 -10 minutes

  5. Blot again

  6. Rinse and dry with cold water

For a full guide on how to perfect these steps, read on.

Before you start

Before you begin the stain removal process, it's important to act quickly to prevent the BBQ sauce from setting into the carpet fibres.

Avoid rubbing the stain, as it may cause it to spread further. Additionally, it's always a good idea to test any cleaning solution or method on a small, inconspicuous area of your carpet to ensure it doesn't cause any damage or discoloration.

Step 1: Remove excess sauce: Using a spoon or a dull knife, gently scrape off any excess BBQ sauce from the carpet. Be careful not to rub the stain further into the fibres.

Step 2: Blot the stain: Take a clean white cloth or paper towel and gently blot the BBQ sauce stain. Start from the outer edges and work your way toward the centre. Avoid rubbing, as this can make the stain more difficult to remove.

Step 3: Apply a cleaning solution: Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth with the solution and blot the stained area. Work from the outer edges toward the centre, allowing the solution to penetrate the stain. Be gentle and avoid excessive scrubbing.

Step 4: Rinse and blot: Dampen a clean cloth with cold water and blot the area to rinse out the cleaning solution. Continue blotting until all traces of the cleaning solution are removed. It's crucial to remove any soapy residue to prevent attracting dirt.

Step 5: Treat stubborn stains: If the BBQ sauce stain persists, you can try a homemade vinegar solution. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, and lightly dampen a clean cloth with the mixture. Blot the stain gently, allowing the vinegar solution to penetrate. Rinse with cold water and blot again to remove any remaining residue.

Step 6: Dry the carpet: After removing the BBQ sauce stain, use a dry towel or paper towels to absorb excess moisture from the carpet. Open windows or use fans to facilitate air circulation and speed up the drying process. Avoid walking on the damp carpet until it is completely dry to prevent re-soiling or spreading the stain.

Additional Tips:

  • Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals on your carpet, as they can damage the fibres or cause discoloration.

  • For larger or more stubborn stains, it's recommended to seek professional cleaning services to ensure a thorough and effective removal.


Dealing with BBQ sauce stains on your carpet doesn't have to be a stressful experience (That's what mustard stains are for!)

By acting quickly and following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can successfully remove BBQ sauce stains and restore the cleanliness of your carpet.

Remember, a little bit of patience and the right cleaning techniques go a long way in achieving stain-free carpets.

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