How To Get Rid of Tomato Sauce Stains

By Subodh / July 9, 2011

Tomato cause is a substance that easily stains almost any surface on which it is spilled. It has ruined many rugs, clothing, flooring, and other surfaces.

However, it is highly possible to salvage your surfaces and fabrics affected by tomato stains. All you need to do is read and learn.

Some points to remember about removing tomato sauce stains are presented below:

1. Wipe or rinse the tomato sauce as soon as you notice the stain. If it is a non-porous surface all you need to do is wipe. However, wiping is not recommended if you are wiping a surface that is more porous (i.e. clothing or carpet).
To clean off more porous purposes you should either rinse the affected spot in cold water or blot the stain out. These tips work best when the stain is still fresh.

2. If the stain has dried onto a surface you should first remove the tomato bits. A butter knife or other flat non-sharp scraping surface can remove this dried-on tomato substance.

3. While blotting or rinsing a tomato sauce stain some mild dish or laundry detergent and water can further help remove the stain. A stain-removal product could also help.

More cleaning advice is presented below, based on cleaning product or remedy:

  • Boiling water – Just pour this substance right on the stained surface, The purpose of doing this is to cause the tomato particles to become dispersed from the surface where it sits. The other purpose is to help prevent spread of the stain.
  • The sun – This is a natural bleach that works well for helping remove tomato stains. If item is easily transportable, just place the affected fabric outdoors in an area that receives quite a bit of sunshine.

Another major benefit of placing your fabric in the sun is the fact that it acts as a natural disinfectant. Thus, bacteria and other pathogens are wiped away.

  • Vinegar – A little bit of this substance helps remove stains quite well. All you need is a tablespoon or two mixed with approximately a half gallon of water. This solution helps chip off the remaining tomato substance
  • Lemon juice – This is a substance that is highly acidic. It works very similar to vinegar for removing stains.

All you need to do is squeeze the lemon juice over the stain and use the lemon rind to wipe that stain. Then, using the rind still you should scrub vigorously over the stain.

  • Sponge – This scrubbing device can be used along with a stain remover. The absorbent material of the sponge is what helps collect tomato chunks. You can usually use a sponge along with a few drops of mild dish soap.

You would vigorously scrub and/or dab out a tomato sauce stain with the soap and sponge. Just beware of the fact that using a sponge would cause the sauce stain to spread. Using very short, brisk strokes is best versus slower or longer ones.

  • Brake cleaner – This is yet one more way to get rid of a tomato juice stain. Just place a small amount of this solution on the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. After just this short amount of time the stain should be easily removed.

The above solutions are not the only ways to remove tomato sauce stains. You should test one of the above solutions of your choice on a hidden area before you try it outright.