How To Remove Tomato Sauce Stain From Your Rug

Tomato Sauce (aka Ketchup sauce) is by far the most common mother sauce used worldwide. Most people probably have no clue it is one of the French mother sauces

But if you be neglectful and eat around your rug, tomato sauce stain might be a bad-looking and sticky disaster.

The main ingredient in this sauce is … You guessed it; TOMATOES! Due to their popularity, its recipe varies slightly through the world’s different cultures over the years.


For example, traditionalists start with a roux, add the tomatoes, let the sauce reduce, and add spices to taste. You can also do it the Italian way, ditch the roux, and let the tomatoes reduce and thicken over low to medium heat.


Tomatoes get their red color from lycopene. As a tomato ripens, the color changes from green to yellow, then red. The tomato’s red color is due to a red substance called lycopene, which is excellent at fighting cancerous cells.


Above all, the way you clean tomato sauce stain from the rug matters. Learn this proper technique to get tomato sauce out of a rug correctly.

Also, for any other sauce accident, make sure to get help from these stain removal guides, such as Espagnole sauceBechamel sauceBBQ sauceHollandaise sauceVeloute Sauce Salsa, and Mustard.


Note: Depending on the age, origin, and dye of your rug, white vinegar might be not suitable, especially if you own an antique rug. Please consult with a rug cleaning expert before putting this guide into action.


Things You’ll Need To Remove Tomato Sauce Stain

Butter knife  │ Terry cloth | Cold water  │  White vinegar  │  Hydrogen peroxide or Baking Soda



  1. Remove the stain bulk

    Use a butter knife to scrape up the excess tomato sauce stain, and then blot gently to soak up as much as possible.

  2. Rinse the rug

    Rinse the rug and keep blotting it with a clean terry cloth or paper towels until it’s totally dried. Avid scrubbing the stained area because you’ll push the tomato sauce stain into the rug’s foundation that way, so it’ll be harder to remove.

  3. Use vinegar to dissolve the stain

    Mix equal shares of white vinegar and water in a bottle and spray the whole stained area entirely. Then, let it sit for 3-5 minutes to dissolve the oil and proteins in the tomato sauce stain

  4. Baking soda

    Sprinkle baking soda (if the stain is too persisting, hydrogen peroxide) all over the stained area and let it sit for 2-3 hours to neutralize the acids in the vinegar and absorb the residual moisture.

    If the stained area is quite large, let the baking soda sit on it for a whole night.

  5. Vacuum

    Vacuum the baking soda with a gentle airflow. Touch the rug to see if it’s wet or not. If yes, keep blotting it with paper towels to absorb the moisture.

Congrats ? You just successfully removed tomato sauce from your rug! For more information on other types of stains, don’t forget to visit our comprehensive Stain Removal Guide.

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