Mustard, turmeric, and Curry Stains

Mustard and curry contain turmeric and gives them that yellowish color. When getting some on your carpet they are particularly eye-catching, especially if you have a light-colored carpet. Below are two methods you can try using to remove these types of stains. The results of these procedures vary depending on what previous treatments have already been performed on the stain, how long the stain has been there unattended, and your treatment technique. Because these are difficult stains to remove, don’t hesitate to call a professional for advice.

Carpet Cleaning

Method 1

  • Begin by carefully blotting the affected area with a white towel. Remember to always make your way in from the outer layers and make sure to dab the area, not rub, to prevent spreading.
  • Mix dishwashing soap and water, and blot the area again with another clean towel.
  • Repeat this process one more time, then rinse the area by adding cold water and pat dry with a towel. If the stain is gone, you can vacuum the carpet when dry.

If the stain is still visible:

  • Proceed by mixing hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap, creating a paste. You can use a butter knife, or a spatula to apply the paste on the affected area. (Always be sure to test this paste in a conspicuous area before applying on the stain, to avoid any damage to your carpet!)
  • Then, you will need to use a steam iron to apply steam heat. You must hold the iron just close enough to the stain to where the steam can reach it and leave for about 30 seconds.
  • Lastly, use a sponge and dip in cold water and then blot the area, then with a dry towel pat carpet dry.

Method 2

This second method begins by applying a solvent to the area and moderately agitate.

  • Next, rinse the area with hot water extraction and then blot dry with a towel.
  • You then have to apply an oxidizer to the affected area only and then cover with a moderately wet towel.
  • Use an iron set at the lowest steam setting and place it on the towel to transfer heat to the stain, checking the stain every 15 seconds until the stain is no longer visible. Be very careful and check the carpet for any color loss.

If you find that the carpet is losing color, remove the iron immediately. If the color is faintly visible, this often means you must not have removed all of the mustard substance from the carpet before you began the procedure. This is very common with difficult mustard stains and might be the best result you will get with this type of stain. Repeating the steps might get rid of more of the yellowish color, but you might risk the loss of carpet color.

Ongoing Maintenance

Carpet adds warmth, comfort, and safety to bedrooms and living rooms. Carpet offers the textures and patterns to suit anyone’s aesthetic style, with the lifespan of up to 15 years with proper protection and maintenance. If you’re not battling mustard, turmeric, or curry stain removal, below are three maintenance tricks to prolong the life of your new carpet.

  • Doormats – Wiping your feet and taking your shoes off at the door prevents dirt and other debris from being tracked in and eventually shaken down into the carpet fibers.
  • Regular Vacuuming – We recommend in heavy traffic areas, if you have guests over often, or if you have pets, to vacuum your carpets 2-3 times a week to maintain a healthy carpet life. If this is not the case, once a week will suffice.
  • Hire a Professional – We recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. Again, if you have frequent company, children that forget to take off their shoes, or pets, bump up your professional carpet cleaning to at least twice a year.

Mustard, Turmeric, Curry Stain Removal

Stains can be very tricky to remove, especially mustard, turmeric, and curry stain removal. If you’re unsure about removing the stain yourself, call us immediately! We are extensively trained and experienced professionals that understand the science behind stain removal and are happy to help restore your carpet to its original beauty!

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