The following instructions will help you remove mustard stains
from your carpet - if they can be removed. The truth is, mustard
is one of the tough ones, and if the stain is old it is likely
to be permanent. On the other hand, even when they cannot be
removed completely, sometimes stains can be lightened enough
that they become unnoticeable.
If it's a fresh spill, do your best not to spread it while
cleaning it up. Scoop the mustard up from two sides at once using
a couple spoons or small pieces of cereal box (something stiff).
If you have a wet/dry vacuum available, try to suck the rest
out, perhaps adding a drop or two of water to loosen it. Just
be sure that you do not add so much water that you spread the
Once you have removed what you can of the initial spill, or
if you are starting out on an old stain, follow the steps below.
Our First Mustard Stain Removal Method
Use a commercial cleaning solution and follow the directions.
But follow all the directions, including the ones that say you
should test the cleaner on a hidden piece of carpeting (a corner
in a closet or a leftover piece from when it was installed).
If it causes discoloration you need a different cleaner.
Important Note: Do not use any cleaners that
contain ammonia. It reacts with the turmeric and causes the stain
to set more permanently. Check the labels!
Get out the hydrogen peroxide; the 3% variety you can buy
at grocery and drug stores. Soak a corner of a white cotton cloth
with it and dab at the stain until it is covered - but try not
to let the hydrogen peroxide soak down to the carpet backing.
Allow this to sit for ten to twenty minutes. Rinse with water
(blot it up repeatedly with a clean cloth) and move to the drying
routine outlined below, or - if there is still a stain - move
on to the next step.
Mix two ounces of white vinegar with four ounces of warm water
and apply some of this to the spot using a spray bottle (or carefully
drip it). Blot this up with white paper towels or a clean white
cotton cloth. Repeat this process until the mixture is gone (three
or four applications). If there is still mustard in the carpet
fibers, move on to the next step. Otherwise skip to the rinsing
and drying instructions.
Mix a pinch of bleach-free laundry detergent with water to
create a paste. Work this into the spot and scrub gently with
your fingers. Rinse repeatedly with water, blotting it up each
time with paper towels or a clean white cotton rag. If there
is still a stain, you can try a rinse and gentle scrub with club
soda, but it may be permanent in any case.
If you need a bit of visual instruction,
the following video shows you a method for getting mustard stains
out of carpet:
Rinsing and Drying
Whenever you use cleaning solutions, rinse the spot with clean
water afterward. Apply a little at a time and suck it out with
a wet/dry vacuum cleaner or blot it up with clean white cotton
cloth or paper towels.
After the spot has been rinsed, dry it quickly. A wet/dry
shop-vac can help with this. You can also stack some white paper
towels over the spot and weight them down with something that
will not be damaged by the moisture. Replace them as they get
wet, and finish by placing a fan where it can blow on the spot
for an hour or two.
Following the instructions here is about the best you can
do to remove mustard-based stains or lighten them, but these
procedures will not always work. If they don't, you might hide
the spot under furniture or a rug. You also might try some of
the tricks described on the page about permanent