COIT’s Guide to Removing Mustard Stains
Though it’s commonly paired with ketchup, mustard is certainly famous enough to stand on its own. It’s actually one of the world’s most popular condiments, with more than 700 million pounds of mustard consumed worldwide every year!
From hot dogs to hamburgers to soft pretzels, sauces and marinades, mustard is enjoyed in a variety of ways, in countries around the world. Whether you like it as a condiment, as dressing or as a glaze, mustard is certainly here to stay.
But what happens when this famous and delicious condiment ends up on your carpet? Yikes!
With Coit’s guide to mustard stain removal, your mustard stain won’t mess with your carpet for long. We’ll take you through a few do-it-yourself remedies that you can use at home to keep your carpet looking plush and clean.
The History of Mustard
Before we jump into mustard stain removal techniques, let’s take a look at a few facts about mustard, where it comes from and how it’s most commonly used.
Mustard was originally prepared by taking mustard seeds and grinding them up until they created a paste. The first mention of this condiment actually dates back to Roman times, where they would mix ground mustard seeds with unfermented grape juice. The grape juice was known as “must.” If you look into ancient Roman cookbooks discovered from around the 4th century, you’ll see that mustard was one of the ingredients listed in a glaze commonly used to coat a boar that was spit-roasted.
Fast forward to the 13th century and you’ll see that mustard became particularly popular in Dijon, France. We can thank the French for the lovely tasting and ever-so-popular Dijon mustard that appeared around this time (and we can thank Best Foods and Hellmann’s for “Dijonnaise”).
“Pardon Me….Do You Have Any Grey Poupon?”
Dijon, France took mustard making very seriously.
Grey Poupon, a special type of mustard that’s primarily sold in the US, was actually created in this city around 1770. Maurice Grey and Auguste Poupon came together to form a partnership and created this tasty condiment. Maurice was actually a mustard maker who had created a unique mustard recipe that contained white wine, while Poupon acted as his financial investor. The two put their heads together and came up with what the modern day world knows as “Grey Poupon.”
As a famous mustard maker, it’s safe to say that Maurice Grey probably encountered a mustard stain or two during his mustard making days, don’t you think?
Types of Mustard
Now when it comes time to remove mustard stains, you may be looking a few different stain types depending on which type of mustard you like. You can choose from:
• Dijon mustard
• Spicy brown/deli-style mustard
• Yellow mustard
• Beer mustard
• Sweet mustard (Bavarian)
• Hot mustard
• Fruit mustard
• Honey mustard
• Whole-grain mustard
No matter which type of mustard you go with, you’ll get a unique flavor (and a unique color, smell and look) to spice up a variety of dishes. Yum!
Mustard Stain Removal Tips
To learn more details to help you remove mustard stains, check out COIT’s do-it-yourself guide. We’ll give you more than one method of cleaning that will defend your carpet against stains on highly visible areas of your carpet.