Honey Stain Removal – How To Remove Honey Stains

Honey is made by bees from nectar collected from flowers and is a sweet and sticky substance. It contains a lot of sugar which makes it more difficult to clean, especially from your carpet. By simply following the guides below you’ll find out all about honey stain removal – how to remove honey stains without the stress!

Removing honey from fabric

Begin by scraping off the excess honey with a knife or back of a spoon and then immerse the fabric under cold running water. Use an eco-friendly prewash stain remover to pretreat the fabric before washing in the washing machine on the hottest wash suitable.

Removing honey from upholstery

Before you start mix a tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of warm water. Then scrape off excess honey before you apply the solution using a clean microfibre cloth. Blot (don’t rub as this can spread the stain) until the liquid has been absorbed. Repeat until the stain has disappeared and finish by spooning with cold water and blotting dry.

Removing honey from carpets

See how to clean honey from your carpet here…

Washing up liquid method
Carefully scrape off excess honey as before to avoid damaging the carpet fibres. The more you can remove the better. Make the washing up liquid and warm water solution as for the upholstery clean, and dab the stain with a damp sponge or cloth. Then using a clean cloth soak up the excess liquid and wring it out often.
Repeat the sponging and absorbing process until the stain has gone., then clean the area with a cloth soaked in clean water to remove any excess solution. Bear in mind that leaving soap residues in the carpet will actually attract more dirt and dust. Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly to prevent the risk of mould and mildew.

Ammonia method
If the honey stain has been set and the above method isn’t satisfactory you can use ammonia to deal with a stubborn stain. Add 0.5 fl oz of ammonia to 8.0 fl oz of warm water and stir until the ammonia is completely dissolved. Before you begin cleaning you’ll need to wear gloves, a mask, and eye protection to protect yourself, and test the solution on a patch of hidden carpet to ensure there’s no colour fading damage.
Dab the stain with a sponge soaked in the cleaning solution. Press it against the honey stain being careful not to rub. Then use a cloth to blot it dry before using a clean sponge to remove any ammonia left in the carpet. Repeat the process until the honey has disappeared.
Dry the carpet thoroughly by continued blotting and using a fan to speed up the drying process. Remember that a damp carpet may suffer from mould and mildew and might also start to smell unpleasant.

Boiling water and cling film method
After scraping away as much honey as you can take boiled water to the honey stain and carefully pour a little over the affected area. Then cover with paper towels and cling film. Let the water sit for 10 to 15 minutes before removing the coverings. The honey should all be absorbed into the paper towels, but you may need to repeat the process if some remains.


  • – Treating the stain as soon as possible will prevent it from hardening and becoming a stubborn stain
  • – Rinsing with warm water will encourage the honey to dissolve without setting the stain
  • – Using a dull knife such as a butter knife will avoid cutting carpet fibres
  • – Repeating the cleaning methods is the best way to eliminate the honey stains completely
  • – Making sure any treated carpet is left to dry properly will stop any potential mould and mildew

Need a carpet cleaning specialist?

Trusted deep carpet cleaning services will provide anti-viral cleaning methods that not only remove stains such as honey but also kill 99.99% of all known germs. A qualified and experienced carpet cleaner will choose the appropriate solution to pre-treat your honey stains, and follow up by giving your carpet a complete makeover. Highly effective technologies ensure the removal of stains and odours to leave your carpet looking new.