Don't fear the spill: Here are some easy steps to remove that tomato sauce stain

When people think of Italian food, many envision thick, savory red sauce over their favorite pasta. It’s easy to make, it’s almost always a popular meal choice, and we can’t seem to get enough of it. And then the spill happens.
Unless your area rug matches the tomato sauce that’s now seeping into it, you’re wondering whether you can save the rug, or if you’ll need to reposition the furniture accordingly. But there’s still hope. Tomato sauce can be toxic to just about any rug, and the wrong types of cleaning attempts can make the situation even worse.
Here are the steps you need to follow (quickly) to keep your rug looking great.
  • Don’t panic – you can still salvage the situation. (The rug, not the food. The the 5-second rule does not apply on carpet.)
  • Act quickly! Since tomato sauce stains set in over time, they only get harder to clean. Grab your cleaning gear and get to work! If you spill a lot, you might want to run a few preparedness drills. (We’re kidding… sort of.)
  • Scoop up the excess. Grab a spoon and pick up anything that you don’t want smeared into the fabric. (And remember what we said in the initial point. You’re better than that.)
  • For most fibers, including wool or synthetics like polyester or polypropylene, use a clean sponge or cloth, dampened (not soaked) with white vinegar or an appropriate cleaning fluid like Woolite (always check the label.) If your rug has viscose fibers such as Luxcelle, blot the tomato sauce stain. Do NOT rub – that can weaken the fibers and cause distortion and damage. Use a white paper towel or a clean white terry cloth rag.
  • If at first you don’t succeed… repeat the above steps until the stain is gone.
  • If you’re cleaning a Viscose rug, use a soft brush to comb it in the direction of the rug’s pile. Once the rug has dried out, brush it a second time, which should help it regain its original texture.

Good luck, and Bon Appétit. We hope you made extra!

Did you spill the wine, too? Check out the Rug Care page on Nourison’s website, which runs down cleaning techniques for all types of stains and spills.

YES, I SPILLED SOMETHING ELSE
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