Tobacco-chewing was a common practice during early America. Those who indulged in the habit were often indiscriminate in where they spat, sending the brown juice on floors, sidewalks and sometimes rugs. Chewing tobacco isn’t as common as it once was, and those that do partake generally don’t spit the juice on the carpet -- at least not intentionally. If some does manage to make it on your carpet, consider the carpet fabric before tackling the cleaning project. Read the fabric care label, and test any cleaning solution on an out-of-the-way section of the carpet.
Things You'll Need
- White rags
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Sodium thiosulfate
Blot the excess juice with a clean white rag. Don’t rub the juice into the carpet fibers.
Apply dry cleaning solvent to a clean white rag, and blot the area to lift the stain.
Combine 1 tablespoon of sodium thiosulfate, which is a salt-like substance, with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl.
Sponge the stain with the solution. Blot it dry.
Rinse the area by sponging it with cold water, and then blot it dry.
Rub glycerin directly into the carpet fibers if any stain remains. Use about half a teaspoon or enough to coat the tobacco stain. Glycerin is a byproduct of soap and typically sold at the drugstore.
Rinse the area by sponging it with cold water to remove the glycerin. Blot it dry.
- The Carpet Buyers Handbook: Carpet Stain Removal: Tobacco
- "Good Housekeeping": Stain Buster: Tobacco
- Rockingham Ware in American Culture, 1830-1930; Jane Perkins Claney
- Cleaning and Stain Removal for Dummies; Gill Chilton
- Stain Rescue!: The A-Z Guide to Removing Smudges, Spots & Other Spills; Anne Marie Soto
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