With Memorial Day right around the corner, BBQ and cookout season is almost here.
But unfortunately, with BBQ season comes spilled salad dressings, drinks, and BBQ sauce.
While there’s no doubting that BBQ sauce is delicious, I would rather have BBQ sauce on my pulled pork sandwich and not on the carpet.
Nevertheless, spillage is inevitable, so you need to know how to get BBQ sauce out of the carpet.
How To Bet Bbq Sauce Out of Carpet
BBQ sauce is a sugary-sweet sauce, so it’s best to clean up the spilled BBQ sauce while it is still fresh. Sadly many BBQ spills go unnoticed.
Most people don’t notice BBQ satins until they have dried up and the damage has already been done to the carpet.
If the BBQ stain is fresh, use a spoon to scoop up as much of the spilled sauce as possible to prepare the spot for cleaning.
On the other hand, if the spilled BBQ sauce is dry, use the back edge of the spoon to scrape the excess dry sauce away carefully.
Do not rub the spot aggressively, or it could alter the twist and lay of the carpet yarn, creating a permanent satin.
One of the easiest ways to remove BBQ sauce from your carpet is to use dishwashing detergent.
Simply combine a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of warm water.
Sponge the BBQ sauce with a clean white towel that is dipped in the dishwashing detergent solution.
Blot the BBQ stain until the liquid is absorbed. Continue sponging and blotting the carpet until the stain is gone.
If the stain still remains, it may be best to try one of the following methods.
Cover the spot with baking soda if the BBQ sauce stain is really stubborn.
Using a spray bottle, spritz a small quantity of white vinegar onto the baking soda to create a fizzy reaction.
Let the baking soda mixture bubble for 1 minute, then blot it with a clean white cloth to see if the sauce transfers.
Repeat the entire process if necessary. Once you have spot cleaned the carpet, rinse the spot thoroughly by spritzing it with water and blotting the spot dry with a towel.
Before you put vinegar on your carpet, note that this method only works for standard wall-to-wall carpets.
It is not compatible with area rugs. Vinegar is very acidic and can damage natural fabrics.
Combine warm water and a small amount of dish detergent. Sponge the carpet with the dish detergent solution and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Soak a clean cloth with withe vinegar and blot the stained area. Rinse the stain really well by spritzing it with water and repeating until the stain is gone.
Like the vinegar trick, lemon juice is only limited to a select few carpet fibers because of its acidity.
Therefore, silk-based carpets should not be treated with lemon juice as it will damage the carpet’s fragile fibers.
Soak the stained section of the carpet with warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Squeeze half a lemon onto the stain.
The acidity should loosen up the oily BBQ sauce. Carefully blot the stain with a semi-dry, clean cloth.
Rotate the cloth so a clean part of the cloth touches the carpet every time you touch it until it is clean.
When faced with a hard-to-remove stain like BBQ sauce, there are a few ways you can save your carpet.
Nevertheless, if all of these natural, non-chemical methods fail, it may be best to go with a carpet cleaner.
I have been smoking and grilling meat from an early age and enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise through the hundreds of articles I have written about BBQ. I hope to make everyone’s BBQ journey that little bit easier.