How to Remove Pizza Carpet Stains

Pizza night may take you away from the dining room table and in front of the television with a good movie. This situation does not bode well for your carpeting. With family and friends eating on the floor, someone is liable to be clumsy and drop a slice, squashing it in the process. The gooey mess of toppings, while no fun to clean, are the least of your worries. The trouble comes with the pizza's sauce, which can leave bright-red stubborn stains.

  1. Scrape up any pizza toppings with a butter knife. Blot excess tomato sauce with a clean cloth, if necessary.
  2. Select a cleaning agent. Club soda or a mixture of dish soap and cool water work well for fresh pizza stains. For pizza stains that have been allowed to set, try preparing a solution of 1 tbsp. of ammonia to ½ cup of cool water.
  3. Apply your chosen cleaning agent directly onto the stained area. Blot until the stain disappears from the carpet.
  4. Sponge the stained area with fresh water to remove the cleaning agents.
  5. Blot the area once more to dry it.

Things You Will Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Butter knife
  • Sponge
  • Club soda
  • Dish soap
  • Ammonia
  • Water


  • Avoid mixing ammonia and bleach together.
  • Avoid rubbing the carpet. This can work the stain deeper into the carpet and ruin its texture in the process.

About the Author

Sophie Levant is a freelance writer based in Michigan. Having attended Michigan State University, her interests include history classical music, travel, and the German language. Her work has been published at eHow and Travels.