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How can you remove common party and BBQ stains?

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How can you remove common party and BBQ stains?

With the World Cup having ended for England, many households will still be having BBQ’s and parties to enjoy the British Summer. In this short blog, The Carpet Showroom will provide tips to help you tackle the stubborn stains that come from parties and BBQ’s.


Nachos are always a good choice for gatherings, easy to make and great for large groups of people. However, accidents happen and salsa is a very tough stain to get out of carpets. Follow these simple tips to get the stain out effectively:

  • Scrape away any of the excess salsa away, ensuring you do not spread the stain further, using a spoon or blunt side of a knife.
  • Blot the affected area with a dry cloth to remove any tomato juice, ensuring you do not further embed the stain in the carpet fibres.
  • Mix a solution of a quarter tsp. of liquid dishwashing detergent with a cup of warm water. Apply this mixture to the stained area.
  • Blot gently with a clean white towel and watch as the stain transfers.
  • Next vacuum the area to ensure the carpets original texture is restored.


Spills can be inevitable at parties and beer can be quite a tricky stain to effectively remove especially the odour. Our main tip is to act fast. The longer you leave a stain to settle the harder it will be to remove.

  • Firstly, blot up all excess liquid using a clean white towel.
  • Next blot the area with cold water, ensuring not to soak the carpet.
  • Take a fair amount of baking soda and sprinkle it directly on the beer stain. You’ll want to make sure the entire surface area of the beer stain is covered, this will neutralise the odour.
  • Leave the baking soda to sit on top of the beer stain for 24 hours. This will prevent the beer stain from leaving a nasty smell. After 24 hours, vacuum up the baking soda. The beer stain should no longer be visible.
  • Repeat above if necessary.


Another very common stain at parties is mustard. It may make your hot dogs extra tasty but it is the most stubborn stain to get out of carpet and fabrics.

  • If there is quite a large amount of mustard or on the carpet, attempt to remove as much as possible by scraping away the excess.
  • For mustard we would recommend contacting the professionals immediately, as it contains turmeric, which is a natural dyeing agent. This can leave your carpets with a very harsh and difficult stain to remove.

Please be aware that these are home remedies, so use with caution, especially if you have a very delicate carpet or rug. Always contact the professionals if you are unsure of how to tackle the stain. If all of the above methods fail, it is recommended that you contact the professionals at Chem Dry for a carpet or upholstery clean. Call them on 0844 324 5266 to arrange a visit or visit the website now.

Please note The Carpet Showroom will not be held liable if any damage occurs when using these home remedies.

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