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Summer BBQ Stains

July 1, 2014


BBQ StainsI love summer! Summer means vacation, swimming, sleeping in, and outside cooking. Grilling is my absolutely favorite way to make dinner. Chicken, salmon, veggies, and every now again … BBQ ribs! Yummy.


Usually this keeps both the heat and the mess outside. But every now and then, those sticky ribs somehow end up making a mess on the carpet. Here is a great way to clean both BBQ sauce and ketchup out of your carpet.


I have two disclaimers to get off my chest before we begin. One, these solutions are only for synthetic carpets, like nylon. Do not use these recipes for wool, jute, or other natural fiber carpets … call your carpet cleaner instead. Second, never mix ammonia with bleach when creating homemade cleaning solutions and it can cause an extremely harmful gas.


The first rule to all stain removal is to get to it ASAP! The longer you let it sit, the lower your chances are of success. If its already too late, don’t worry … it might not really be too late. Try re-wetting the stained area with a bit of water below following the steps below.


The Detergent Method:

Mix together :

–         2 tablespoons clear dishwashing liquid (I like Ivory)

–         2 cups lukewarm water


Scrape as much of the sauce off the carpet as you can with a plastic spoon. Sponge some of the detergent solution onto the stain, but don’t use too much. Leaving detergent in the carpet will cause it to attract dirt and re-soil again in the future.


Blot the solution up with a dry, white, terrycloth until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process until the stain is gone.


If the stain remains, then go through the same process again, but this time with the ammonia solution below.


The Ammonia Method:

Mix together:

–         1 tablespoon ammonia

–         ½ cup warm water



And as always, if all else fails, give us a call! Aaron’s Quality Cleaners specialized in making carpets smile!


Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas.  She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.


Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.


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