How to Clean These Eight Common Food Stains That Start with the Letter "C" Out of Carpet


Candy is dandy, but cleaning it out of carpets isn’t as enjoyable. Hard candy can easily stick to carpet, but it can be removed without causing damage. Moisten the candy with cold water and pull large pieces out of the carpet. Apply a stain remover and blot with a clean cloth.


No matter how you spell it, catsup can leave nasty stains on carpet. Use a knife to scrape off any remaining catsup from the carpet. Mix one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cool water. Use a white cloth soaked in the solution to sponge the stain.


Liquid cheese can be tough to get out of carpets, but dropping your nachos doesn’t have to mean you are stuck with an orange carpet. You’ll want to sponge the stain with a white cloth soaked in one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and two cups of cool water.

Chewing Gum

Dropping gum on your carpet can result in a sticky situation. Don’t use scissors to cut it out because that can damage carpet fibers. Apply ice in a Ziploc bag directly to the gum. Scrape away the gum with a scraping tool and then vacuum the area. Next sponge the stain with some warm, soapy water and then cover it up with a towel or rag.

Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is good for someone who’s not feeling well, but it isn’t good for your carpet. Blot the stain with a white cloth to clean up spilled soup particles. Mix one teaspoon of non-bleach laundry detergent with three cups of warm water and apply to stain by blotting. Pour one cup of clean water on the carpet to flush out solution and dry with a towel.


Chocolate can melt quickly so don’t delay in picking it up. If it’s already a gooey mess you can run cold water directly over the stain. Next use a small amount of dishwashing detergent and apply to a clean cloth. Using a circular motion, rub the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing again with cold water.


Coffee has a reputation for being one of the worst offenders when it comes to stains. First blot up as much as you can and then prepare one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply slowly and blot frequently with a clean, white cloth.


No matter whether you prefer Coke or Pepsi, any type of cola can be tough to get out of carpet. You can use plain water or combine one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain using a clean white cloth for best results.

While these home remedies might work for you, there are definitely times you’ll need to call in the professionals. If your flooring stains can’t be totally cleaned, you might want to think about replacing them altogether. Carpet Empire Plus has several flooring options at our stores in Cathedral City and Indio. Contact us today at 760-324-9797 to learn more.

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