We love ketchup in America! We put it on everything. Even our carpets sometimes. Oops! Learn how to remove ketchup stains from carpet with our tips: 

What is your condiment of choice? There are a lot out there. BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, mustard, salsa …

Or maybe you like something a little fancier like aioli? How about hot sauces?

When it comes to hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries there is one classic choice that rules them all. Ketchup. Or catsup.

This tomato-based condiment is an American classic. It can be found in 97% of kitchens in the United States.

There is nothing more American than a hot dog with ketchup, right?

Maybe an apple pie with ketchup. Errr. Maybe not.

Actually, ketchup originated in Southeast Asia. From Asia, it traveled to Europe then finally to the US.

For tips to remove ketchup stains from carpet, scroll to the bottom. For some ketchup fun facts and history, read on:

Fun Ketchup Facts:

  • The early Asian form of ketchup does not really resemble the ketchup we know and love today.
  • In the beginning, ketchup was a pickled fish brine sauce. Later other fermented vegetables would be added like beans.
  • Pickled fish brine sauce. Sounds delicious, right?
  • Later ketchup would journey westward to Europe, brought over by Dutch and English sailors in the 1600s.
  • This sauce was perfect for sailors and traders because it would last for months without spoiling.
  • In the 1700s ketchup became mainstream since the English had access to a variety of spices due to trade.
  • By 1740s ketchup would become a common condiment. Pretty much any type of “spiced sauce” was called ketchup.

The first official ketchup recipe was anchovies, cloves, ginger and pepper. We’re not sure that recipe would have been such a hit in the US today? What do you think?

Eventually, there would be a variety of ketchup. By the 1800s, there was lemon, walnut, oyster, elderberry and beer ketchup to choose from.

Beer ketchup sounds a little more American.

The variety of ketchup would eventually travel to the US along with British colonization during the colonial period.

The US can officially take credit for the first tomato ketchup since tomatoes are native to North America.

“Love apples”, a common term for tomatoes in the 1800s, would make the perfect ketchup. And lead to an American love affair with this condiment.

Ketchup really took off after the Civil War. In 1891, the Merchant Reviews named ketchup “the sauce of sauce”.

Five years later the New York tribune declared the ketchup was America’s national condiment and could be found “on every table in the land.”

So, that’s how the ketchup we now know and love was born.

Now that we know where ketchup comes from let’s talk about how to remove ketchup stains from carpet:

Tips to Remove Ketchup Stains

If a ketchup stain is on your carpet you can use these tips or schedule professional carpet cleaning from Chem-Dry of Snowy Range:

Step 1.  Using a clean cloth, blot as much ketchup from carpet as possible. Be careful not to rub, this will spread the stain and work it further into the fiber.

Step 2. In a bucket or bowl mix one tablespoon of liquid hand soap dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.

Step 3.  Using a new clean cloth sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

Step 4. Continue blotting until the liquid is absorbed into the cloth.

Step 5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the ketchup stain is removed from carpet.

Step 6.  If the stain has not been completely removed, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup warm water.

Note: never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach (the fumes are toxic).

Step 7. Using a fresh white cloth, sponge the ammonia solution onto the stain.

Step 8. Continue blotting until all liquid is absorbed.

Step 9.  Sponge with cold water and a fresh clean cloth. Blot dry.

It is important to dry area as much as possible. Water left behind in the fiber can lead to mold and mildew growth.

If these tips didn’t remove ketchup stains, you will want to contact Arevalo Bros Chem-Dry carpet cleaning service.

Chem-Dry of Snowy Range offers professional carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning to local residents and businesses in Laramie, WY.