Curry is a dish of meat and vegetables cooked in a spicy Indian sauce and eaten over rice. Its rich, exotic flavour comes from the diverse combination of spices used in it. Sadly, if the curry spill is not cleaned up immediately, those same spices can leave a lasting stain. The key to removing stains from carpet is to act promptly since the quicker you treat the curry stain, the easier it will be to remove it.
How to remove curry stains
Start by removing the spilt curry
Remove as much solid matter as you can with a dull knife or spoon. When rubbing, be careful not to spread the stain. Remember to start at the edge and work your way inwards; rubbing will cause the stain to permeate further into the fibres. Apply a small amount of warm or carbonated water to the affected region and blot gently, then absorb any excess moisture with a towel.
Make a cleaning solution
Begin by combining one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, two cups of cold water, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Stir everything thoroughly. Sponge the stain with the solution using a clean white cloth or paper towel. Allow it to sit for five minutes before wiping away with a dry cloth. Repeat until there is no more colour on the white fabric. To remove any soapy residue, dab the stain with a clean white cloth dipped in plain water. Blot with a dry cloth until all moisture has been absorbed. Allow the carpet to air dry. If the stain has dried into the carpet, then it is wise to hire a carpet cleaning service.
Apply detergent water
Dissolve a small amount of detergent in water to make a detergent solution. Allow 5 minutes for the detergent water to sink into the soiled spot without saturating the carpet. Blot or gently stroke the pile of the carpet. Apply warm water to the carpet to rinse it without saturating it. Remove any excess with a vacuum or blot away with a clean cloth.
Use bleach solution
If the stain persists, prepare a solution of all-fabric oxygen bleach and warm water, as directed on the package label. Allow the solution to sit on the stained region for at least thirty minutes, however, one hour is preferable. Blot carefully with a dry white towel and then allow the carpet to air dry. Finally, vacuum the carpet to help the carpet fibres retain their shape.
Apply hydrogen peroxide
Combine 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of warm water in a mixing bowl. Allow 30 minutes for the hydrogen peroxide mixture to work. Cover the discolouration after applying hydrogen peroxide to obscure the light. Check the stain regularly and keep an eye out for a colour loss. Apply warm water to the carpet to rinse it without saturating it. Remove any excess with a vacuum or by blotting.
Combine a quarter cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of warm water in a mixing bowl. Without saturating the carpet, apply the vinegar mixture to the stained area. Apply warm water to the carpet to rinse it without saturating it. Remove any excess with a vacuum or a blotter. Finally, after the carpet has dried, vacuum it to re-establish the carpet pile.