The carpet in your home takes on a lot of foot traffic, especially when it’s the first floor your feet hit when entering your home. While carpet is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and comfortable on bare feet after a long day, it does have an arch-nemesis: food and drink stains. Keep reading to find out the worst types of food and drink stains that do the most damage.

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Types of Food and Drinks That Do the Most Damage to Your Carpet

Stains are the bane of every carpet’s existence and a tremendous hassle to remove. Stains can take your carpet from looking fab to drab in no time, especially food and drink stains. Some are far worse than others, though.

Carpet stains from beverages and foods are hard to remove, and some more so than others, because of certain chemicals. Therefore, some food and drinks are more hazardous than others to your carpet and should be avoided. Spills involving these specific food and drinks should be tended to immediately. 

Grape Juice & Red Wine

Grape juice, and even red wine in small quantities, can wreak havoc on carpets and fabrics in general.  Spills involving these liquids should be cleaned up immediately and treated with caution. The natural dyeing capabilities of grape juices make them hard to remove. 

Wine stains can be removed by removing the liquid quickly and then using a damp rag to soak up as much of the wine as possible before introducing a cleaning agent like a heavy-duty stain remover. Even after you try these, you might still have a slight stain which is where our professional carpet cleaning services will help.

Tomato-Based Sauces

Everyone loves spaghetti and lasagna, but these tomato sauce-heavy foods make terrible stains if spilled on your carpet. They cause dull red stains that stand out glaringly against light-colored fabrics. 

You will have a better chance of removing these stains if you act quickly. Cold water is the key to preventing tomato stains from setting in. Using hot water will set the stain, making it nearly impossible to remove.

Dyed/Colored Beverages & foods

Drinks with dyes added in, such as juices, drink mixes (kool-aid, crystal light, etc.), and jello will leave a challenging stain. The sooner the spill is cleaned up; the less dye will be left behind to stain your carpets. The best way to remove these spills is to treat them exactly like how you react to red wine or grape juice spills.


Coffee can be a challenge to tackle if it spills on your carpets, but if you attack the spill immediately, you get a better chance against the stain. First, remove as much liquid as possible using a rag or towel to blot up the spill, then apply your stain removing agent and blot from the outside and work your way towards the center of the spill.


Ultimately, the faster you act when a spill happens, the better off your carpet will be. The trick is to clean the spill as soon as possible and treat the area with a cleaning agent to prevent stains from setting into the fibers of the carpet, and the layers beneath. 

Still, you might not notice some stains until it is too late, or perhaps the stain is just too deep to be removed. This is where our Kissimmee carpet cleaning company will come to the rescue. With our industrial equipment and effective solutions, we will be able to help you remove the stains, so give us a call as soon as possible!