Curry is a dish of meat and vegetables cooked in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices and typically served with rice. Common spices include chilli and cumin powder, turmeric, and fermented pastes. So, it’s no wonder that spilling curry sauce on your carpet can leave a colourful stain!
There’s no need to panic – just follow a few simple guidelines to see how to get curry stain out of carpet here…
Curry Stain Removal
The key to removing the stains on carpet is to act quickly as the faster you treat the curry stain the easier it will be to get rid of it. Collect all of the tools and solutions you need before you start to make the process run smoothly. You may need some or all of the following:
- Large spoon
- Paper towels or clean old towels
- Warm water
- Vacuum cleaner
- Carbonated water (this doesn’t leave a residue so doesn’t need to be rinsed out, and can be used as a rinsing agent for other cleaners)
- Washing up liquid solution (one teaspoon mixed with two cups of warm water will do the job)
- Bleach (for very light-coloured carpets mix one tablespoon of bleach with three tablespoons of warm water)
- Ammonia (for very light-coloured carpets mix ¼ of a cup of clear ammonia with one cup of warm water)
- White vinegar (mix ¼ of a cup of white vinegar with one cup of warm water)
Your Plan of Action
You should begin to remove the curry stain by using the spoon to gently scrape up any excess. Remember to start at the edge and work towards the centre, and try not to rub as this will cause the stain to penetrate deeper into the fibres.
Apply a little warm water or carbonated water to the area and blot gently – then use a towel to absorb any surplus moisture. If the stain is still apparent choose the appropriate cleaning solution to continue:
- Liquid detergent – apply to the stained area and let it stand for five minutes. Blot the carpet and gently rinse. Then allow to dry.
- Bleach – apply the mix and leave it to stand for 30 minutes, covering with a thick clean towel to block out any light. You’ll need to check the stain regularly for any loss of colour. Rinse without soaking and allow to dry.
- Ammonia – apply and allow to stand for about half an hour watching for colour loss as with bleach. Rinse without soaking, blot up any excess moisture, and let the carpet dry.
- White vinegar – sponge the stain with the solution and let it sit for five minutes before blotting away with a dry towel. Rinse with warm water and blot away any residue. Allow the carpet to air-dry.
Removing Curry Stains from Clothing
How to remove curry stains on cotton is simple when you know how! Bear in mind you’ll need to take into account any instructions on the garments care label – and it’s also a good idea to do a small test patch first.
You can apply neat laundry detergent to the curry stain and gently rub it in, or you can make a solution of detergent and cold water in the sink and let the garment soak before washing as normal in the washing machine.
A weak bleach and water solution can be used on dye fast coloured garments allowing the stained area to be soaked for a couple of hours. Follow up by rinsing in cool, clean water, and wash in the washing machine.
Garments that are dry clean only may benefit from being taken to a professional dry cleaner who will know just how to treat the curry stain.
Lemon is also great for removing curry stains from clothing – slice the lemon in half, squeeze it onto the stain and leave for about 30 minutes before washing the garment normally.
Glycerine is another handy store cupboard standby – rub the glycerine into the stain with your fingertips and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with cool water and washing in the washing machine.
Need Some Expert Help?
Old curry stain removal from your carpet is best left to the professionals. Using the appropriate cleaning methods to suit your carpet fibres, any stains that have been sitting will be pre-sprayed, treated, and deep cleaned to ensure your carpet looks like new.