How to Get BBQ Stains Out of Clothes, Carpet or Upholstery
Whether it’s BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket or pulled pork, these tasty, saucy meats (or vegetarian treats – ever had BBQ tofu or tempeh?) often lead to barbecue sauce stains. Here’s how to get BBQ sauce out of your clothes and carpet when the uh-ohs happen.
How to Pre-Treat BBQ Stains on Clothes or Table Linens
BBQ sauce is delicious – and sticky. That tangy goodness contains oils and other ingredients that can leave stains behind. Tough stains demand pretreatment before you toss the items in the washing machine. OxiClean™ Max Force™ Laundry Stain Remover Spray helps get rid of barbecue sauce and other food-based stains by using powerful ingredients that dissolve and trap grease and oil and lift food stains from fabric so they can wash away.
Follow these easy steps to pretreat your shirt, jeans, table cloth, or any item that’s been besmirched by BBQ sauce:
- Read the clothing label. Do not use OxiClean™ Max Force™ Stain Remover Spray if your item is silk, wool, leather, or labeled “dry clean only.” Test Max Force™ on an inconspicuous area, such as an inside hem.
- Remove as much of the barbecue sauce or solid food as possible.
- Spray OxiClean™ Max Force™ Laundry Stain Remover Spray directly on the stained areas.
- Wait at least five minutes for the solution to penetrate the clothing fibers and lock onto the stain. If you can’t do laundry right away, saturate the stained area with Max Force™ and let the item sit for up to 7 days before washing. For items prone to color change, do not let sit longer than 5 minutes.
- Wash with your usual detergent at the warmest water temperature recommended on the item’s care label. For extra stain-fighting power, add a scoop of OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover to the load along with your regular detergent.
How to Remove BBQ Sauce Stains from Clothing
BBQ sauce stains can be a tough laundry challenge due to the color and ingredients that create combination stains. An alternative to pretreating with OxiClean™ Max Force™ spray – especially if you have a large barbecue sauce stain – is the presoak method of submerging soiled items in a solution of OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover or OxiClean™ White Revive if you’re dealing with a white shirt or another white item.
Take that picnic tablecloth that soaked up the BBQ sauce from your mess of ribs or that shirt Tommy wiped his sticky fingers on and let them meet their match in an OxiClean™ soak:
- Read the clothing label. Do not use OxiClean™ if your item is silk, silk blend, wool, wool blend, leather or labeled “dry clean only.” Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for water temperature and cleaning. OxiClean™ is chlorine-free, so it’s safe for colors and items that say no chlorine bleach.
- Mix a solution of OxiClean™ and water. Add up to a full scoop for every gallon of water. Follow the instructions on the package and mix until the powder is completely dissolved.
- Submerge the stained items in the OxiClean™ solution. Use a bucket, laundry tub, sink, or even your bathtub, depending on the size and number of items.
- Soak for 1-6 hours. Extremely soiled items may require more soak time.
- Wash immediately as you normally would with your detergent. Add a scoop of OxiClean™ to the drum with your clothes to boost cleaning power.
Always test OxiClean™ on an inconspicuous area first and follow the instructions on the garment label.
How to Remove BBQ Sauce Stains from Carpet or Upholstery
If you dribble barbecue sauce on the carpet or have a spill that gets on upholstered chairs, you can use a solution of OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover and water to get rid of the BBQ stain, whether the sauce is tomato-based or vinegar-based. OxiClean™ has special stain-fighters designed to work on grease, oil and fat stains as well as sugar or protein stains.
- Prepare the surface: Remove any excess sauce or food particles from the area before treating.
- Mix: Fill the scoop included in the package of OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover to line A per 16 ounces of water. Put the solution in a squeeze bottle, bowl or measuring cup.
- Apply only enough solution to saturate the stain, following label directions (squirt it on or dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and dab it directly on the stain).
- Wait: Allow the solution to stand 1-5 minutes. Do not allow the solution to dry on the fabric or carpet.
- Blot the stained or soiled area with a clean, dry towel. The stain should transfer from the upholstery or carpet to the towel. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain is no longer visible.
- Rinse the area with clean water and blot until dry.
Keep These OxiClean™ Stain-Fighting Solutions in Your Laundry Area
Backyard barbecues bring flavorful food and fun along with a variety of food stains, including grease stains, ketchup stains, mustard stains and BBQ sauce stains from wiping sticky fingers and faces to drips and dribbles on clothes, tablecloths, upholstered furniture or carpet.
But with OxiClean™ in your corner, you don’t have to be afraid of BBQ sauce stains, even on your new white shirt and even if you don’t catch the stain right away. Get BBQ sauce out of clothes and carpet with the power of stain fighters in OxiClean™.