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Ketchup Stain Removal

COIT’s Guide to Ketchup Stain Removal

Have you ever tried to remove ketchup stain residue in your home? If you need a helping hand, COIT can offer some fairly simple tips for at-home stain removal.

The 411 on Ketchup

As one of the most popular and widely-consumed condiments on the planet, ketchup can be found in most pantries in America. In the US, approximately 214,041 gallons of ketchup are consumed per day, which adds up to more than 78,124,000 gallons per year! It’s safe to say this famous condiment is here to stay.
But that doesn’t mean that ketchup stains have to stick around! With COIT’s guide to ketchup stain removal, you’ll have a few trusty methods to turn to so you can keep up with ketchup.
Before we dive into specific ketchup stain removal techniques, let’s learn a bit more about the history of and ingredients in this popular condiment.

History of Ketchup

Did you know that the word “ketchup” comes from the traditional Chinese word “koechiap”, meaning the brine of pickled fish or shellfish? When this sauce made its way to Malaysia and Singapore, it was discovered by British explorers, who called it “kechap.” The pronunciation eventually turned into “ketchup.”

Over time, this sauce gradually evolved into a tomato-based version that was actually created by Thomas Jefferson’s cousin, Mary Randolph, in 1801. The sauce that evolved into “ketchup” was actually more popular than eating plain tomatoes alone, as many people in the 1800’s believed that raw tomatoes were poisonous! This tomato-based brand of ketchup was then produced and sold locally by farmers.

Heinz Ketchup is Born

As ketchup’s popularity grew, more ketchup producers attempted to capitalize on the market. In 1876, F. and J. Heinz introduced Heinz Tomato Ketchup, a brand that is still widely consumed all over the world today. Heinz was sure to keep the word “Tomato” in the product name, as ketchup in the 1800’s was made of other ingredients that went beyond just tomatoes.

Today, Heinz sells over 650 million bottles of Heinz tomato ketchup per year!

Ingredients in Ketchup

To properly remove ketchup stain residue, it’s good to know which type of ingredients you’ll be scrubbing, right? The following ingredients can be found in Heinz ketchup:

• Tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes
• Distilled vinegar
• High fructose corn syrup
• Salt
• Spice
• Onion powder
• Natural flavoring

Other brands of ketchup contain similar ingredients, with variations by brand.

Removing Ketchup Stain Residue

With 97% of US households keeping ketchup in their pantry, removing ketchup stain residue at home is definitely a common chore – you’re not alone! If you encounter a ketchup stain on your carpet and want to get rid of it quickly, check out COIT’s easy to follow at-home techniques:

COIT’s guide to ketchup stain removal from carpets

For more advanced carpet cleaning support, contact COIT carpet cleaning services to schedule an initial assessment.