How To Remove Ketchup Stains


how to remove ketchup stains

Ketchup is a popular condiment, usually paired with our favorite foods like the classic cheeseburger or hotdog. However, this tomato-based sauce can be messy to deal with, and getting stains on your favorite shirt is quite common. The good news is that you can remove the stain easily, but the downside is that it takes quite a while; nonetheless, it is a reasonably straightforward process that anyone can do. Here we will guide you on how to remove ketchup stains from your clothing, carpets, and more.

How to remove ketchup stains on your clothing

To remove ketchup stains on any garment, you can use any standard cleaners you have at home. However, the most thorough way to remove ketchup stains is with bleach, so do a spot test to make sure your clothing can handle bleach before using it.

Here is a quick guide on how to remove ketchup stains on your clothing.

  1. Only do this step if the ketchup stain on your clothes is relatively fresh. Remove it by scraping any leftover ketchup off as it can spread when you wash it if you leave it be. You can use any utensil to remove the stain as long as it is not sharp enough to cut through the garment. 
  2. Wash the excess stain off by flushing it with cold water, back to front.This will ease the stain even more as it removes tiny particles of it through the clothing. 
  3. Use laundry detergent, as it can help drain the color and oil of the ketchup stain on your clothes. When you have chosen the cleaner of your choice, pour it onto the stain and rub it circularly using a clean sponge. 
  4. You can opt to use bleach if you want to remove the stain thoroughly. As we said before, ensure the bleach is appropriate for your clothes to avoid any unwanted damages. 
  5. After all the previous steps have been done, you can rinse off your clothing and leave it to dry. 
  6. Wash as usual, according to the care label. Do not put your clothes into the dryer before checking if the stain has set. It’s a good idea to let them air dry. 

When your clothes have completely dried off, double-check if the ketchup stain is still there or slightly visible. If you can still see remnants of the stain, you can try using a stain remover. Or you can go through the whole process again to ensure that the stain has been thoroughly removed. 

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How to remove ketchup stains from carpets

Although this scenario may be uncommon for most, it still can happen, especially if your humble abode is fully carpeted. Like clothing, it is relatively simple to remove, but you should act quickly. Here is the process on how to remove ketchup stains from carpets.

  1. Similar to removing ketchup stains from your clothes, you should first scrape off any excess ketchup if the stain is new by using a dull knife or spoon. 
  2. After removing excess bits of the condiment, choose a cleaner of your choice, mix it with water and use a clean sponge to apply it to the stained area of the carpet. 
  3. Clean the area by rubbing the sponge in a circular motion, starting from the outer edge and moving to the inner part of the ketchup stain.
  4. After the stain becomes lighter or non-existent, rinse off the area with water by dabbing a different sponge in clean water and blotting it until the area dries off. 

After the area of your carpet fully dries, you can check to see if there are any traces of ketchup left on your carpet. If there are still visible parts, you can do the process again for optimal results. However, if you are looking for a faster solution, you can remove it with hydrogen peroxide, but be aware that this could ruin your carpet. Do a spot check in an unnoticeable place first. 

Video: How to remove ketchup stains from carpet

How to remove ketchup stains on unique clothing

The material your clothing is made from may require a different approach to stain removal. For example, clothes made from 100% cotton and from spandex need to be treated differently. If your garment is made from a hard-to-clean material, follow these steps on how to remove ketchup stains from unique clothing.

  1. Mix water and the cleaner of your choice to make a homemade, wet spotter and apply it to the stain on your cotton or spandex garments. 
  2. Rub the area using a damp sponge in a circular motion until the stain recedes in color.
  3. After thoroughly cleaning the spot, you can rinse it using plain water and wait for it to dry off.
  4. After the spot dries off, make sure to check if the stain has been entirely removed and wash according to its care label.
  5. If the stain is not gone, you can opt to add enzyme presoak paste, a stain remover that is used on tougher stains, place the adhesive on the area for a few hours, and rinse it afterward. 

How to remove ketchup stains on different surface areas

Ketchup is known to be a messy condiment. As a result, it can splatter on any surface, from your glass tiles to your wooden tables. Here we have provided you with different remedies for removing ketchup stains on different surfaces.

  • Glass Tiles – Dip a clean cloth or sponge in water and remove the stains quickly, as it can permanently stain glass surfaces when left out for too long. 
  • Concrete Floor – Create a mixture of detergent and water, and dump it on the concrete floor, rub it off with a clean cloth until the stains are barely visible, and let it dry off. 
  • Wooden Tables – Dip a clean sponge in soapy water and rub off the stain, after the stain fully recedes you can rinse it off with water and let it dry off. 

Common Questions About Ketchup Stains

FAQ 1: Will vinegar remove ketchup stains?

Yes, vinegar can remove ketchup stains easier than other cleaners because of its high acidity. However, using vinegar is not preferred by most individuals because of the aroma that it leaves when you remove stains, which can be hard to remove even after washing it with laundry detergent multiple times. 

FAQ 2: How do you get ketchup stains out without washing?

Although the most common way to remove stains is by washing your clothes with cleaners and other combinations, you can also clean off ketchup stains without the need to wash garments and other materials. You can get rid off these stains by trying the following:

  • Remove excess ketchup off using a dull utensil.
  • Use a ready-made stain remover and let it soak through the stain.
  • Soak your clothing with a mild bleach and rinse it off with water after a few minutes.
  • Rub the stain off with rubbing alcohol.
  • Let cold running water run through it until the color recedes. 
  • Create a mixture of a cleaner and water and rub the ketchup stain off your clothing. 

FAQ 3: How do you get ketchup and mustard out of clothes?

The most common method to remove ketchup and mustard stains is by washing it off with a mixture of laundry detergent and water. You have to remove any excess of the condiment before soaking the garment in a combination of strong laundry detergent and water, allowing it to absorb the content for at least 10 minutes. When the time is up, you can rinse the area with water thoroughly. 

Final thoughts

You do not have to worry about your favorite clothes or kitchen countertops being soiled with ketchup stains because these stains are relatively simple to remove, allowing you to maintain the optimal condition of your clothing and other valuables. Now that you know the different ways to remove ketchup stains, you can indulge in your favorite foods without worrying.

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Michael René, consultant, is the leading stain removal expert in Denmark. Read about him and the rest of the team here

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