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How to Remove a Wet Mustard Spill From Carpet

When it comes to wet mustard spills on your carpet, it is important to try and remove the spill ASAP! The sooner the mustard is cleaned up, the less likely it will result in a permanent yellow stain. Mustard gets it's yellow color from curcumin molecules. These curcumin molecules can easily become fixed to carpet fibers, so it is important to remove the spill quickly and with the correct cleaning agent. 


There is one cleaning agent that works great for removing wet mustard spills, and it is called Windex Original Glass Cleaner. The reason Windex works so well is because it contains a host of wetting agents which create a protective barrier around the carpet fibers. This barrier makes it difficult for the yellow curcumin molecules to become fixed to the carpet fibers as we wipe the spill away. As long as we use Windex, there is a good chance will will succeed in completely removing mustard spills. 


Please note: This Windex technique will work best it you catch the spill right away. If the mustard spill has dried, or been played with prior to adding Windex, there is a good chance that some of the yellow curcumin molecules will become fixed to the carpet fibers resulting in a permanent yellow stain. If using Windex didn't quite work for you, or if you are working with an older mustard stain click here, and I'll show you one more thing you can do to make this yellow stain invisible. 

You will need: a bottle of Windex Original, and a white cloth

STEP 1 OF 2 - Clean Up the Mustard Spill With Windex Original

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Be careful not to touch or try to remove the wet mustard before adding Windex to the affected area. 

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Using a white cloth, wipe the mustard stain from the edge of the stain to the center, being careful not to spread the stain

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Continue to wipe the stain, transferring the mustard to the cloth. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until there is no more color transfer to the cloth.

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Spray a generous amount of Windex around the base of the stain. The Windex will protect the carpet fibers from permanent staining. 

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Be careful not to transfer mustard from the cloth to other parts of the carpet.

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Use a clean/dry cloth to absorb any remaining Windex solution. The more pressure we apply, the more Windex we will absorb.

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After the Windex has been applied, we can use a spoon to remove any larger globs of mustard from the carpet

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As we wipe the mustard away, the Windex will be absorbed into the cloth. Reapply Windex solution as necessary to keep the carpet protected. 

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If there is a yellow stain left behind, it can be fully removed with hydrogen peroxide and UV light - click here for instructions

STEP 2 of 2 - Rinse the Windex Residue From the Carpet With Water

Most Windex ingredients will completely evaporate leaving behind zero residue. However, there are a couple ingredients that do not evaporate, so it is good practice to rinse the remaining Windex solution from your carpet with water. To do this, spray the stained area with water, and then absorb the water with a clean cloth or extract it with a wet/dry vacuum. Repeat this process a couple of times to extract the Windex residue from your carpet.

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Spray the stained area with water until it the surface of the carpet is damp. 

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A wet/dry vacuum can be used to rinse/extract the water from the carpet. If you have a wet/dry vacuum on hand, it is a great tool to use for rinsing the carpet. 

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Place a clean/dry towel over the wetted area and apply pressure to absorb the water. This will transfer the solution residue to the cloth.

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Some wet/dry vacuums come with a blower function. I often use this to speed dry the carpet after removing a spot or stain (provided the filter, hose, and casing is clean).

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Spray the affected area again, and repeat the rinsing process a couple of times, using a clean/dry towel each time. 

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If there is a yellow stain left behind, it can be fully removed with hydrogen peroxide and UV light - click here for instructions.

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