How to Get Gravy Stains Out
By Steve Gillman
There are two methods here, and if you use either you should
be able to get out most gravy stains from carpet. But there are
different substances in different types of gravy, so it is possible
that you'll need professional help if you still see some staining
after completing the steps laid out below.
First, try to clean up the gravy as soon as you can after
it spills. Grab a spoon and use that and a finger to scoop up
the liquid before it soaks in deeper or spreads. Scoop toward
the center of the spilled gravy.
The Fastest Way
The fastest way to clean up gravy stains in carpet, if you
have the necessary equipment, is to use a spray bottle and wet-dry
vacuum cleaner (a shop-vac). First suck out as much of the gravy
as you can as quickly as you can. Then mix a quarter-teaspoon
of a mild dish detergent (Dawn or Joy work well) with a pint
of warm water, in a spray bottle.
Spray the gravy spot until it is thoroughly wetted, and vacuum
the solution out. Do this repeatedly until you see no more gravy
or discoloration in the carpet fibers. Then fill the spray bottle
with plain water and repeat the same procedure in order to remove
all detergent residue.
When you have finished, place a fan where it can blow on the
spot for an hour or two, to speed the drying process. Alternately
you can use a stack of white paper towels with some weight on
them. Be sure they are plain white (no colorer designs), and
replace them as they get wet, until there is no more moisture
coming out of the spot. Them remove them so the spot can air-dry
A Slower Way
If you do not have a shop-vac or a spray bottle handy, you
can simply drip the water and soap mixture on the spot with your
fingers, and then blot it out with a clean white cotton cloth
or undyed paper towels. Keep doing this until the gravy stain
is gone. Then do the same with plain water to rinse the area.
Afterward, dry the spot as described above.
If there still is some staining or discoloration, you might
get a bit more of the gravy out of the fibers by carefully brushing
some hydrogen peroxide on them (the common 3% solution). Let
this stand for an hour and then blot it up. This does not need
rinsing because it will covert to water on its own. Dry thoroughly
(and quickly if possible).
If any stain remains after this, it will probably require
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