Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce Stain Removal - History and Facts

Are you someone that likes a bit of spice in their food? If so, you’re definitely not alone.

According to, the hot sauce market is expected to become a $1.3 billion industry by 2017! After hearing that projection, it’s safe to say that the demand for hot sauce is most definitely looking up.

With hot sauce in most people’s cabinets these days, it’s no surprise when you encounter a few hot sauce stains from time to time. No matter how hard we try to be neat and tidy while we eat, accidents happen, right? With COIT’s guide to hot sauce stain removal, you’ll be removing hot sauce stains in your home with relatively little hassle.

Before we jump into the dos and don’ts, let’s take a brief look into the history of hot sauce, its ingredients, and how it’s made.

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Types of Hot Sauce

For thousands of years, people have incorporated chili peppers and other spices into their diet. People in America, Asia, Africa, and Europe all enjoy different kinds of hot sauces based on their cuisine and culture; however, the one common ingredient that all types of hot sauces have in common is the chili pepper.

If you go to any grocery store or website, you’ll see that there are countless different brands of hot sauce to choose from. In this growing market, everyone wants a piece of the demand! Let’s review the types of hot sauce by pepper type:

  • Jalapeno pepper hot sauce
  • Tabasco pepper hot sauce
  • Serrano pepper hot sauce
  • Trinidad scorpion hot sauce
  • Fatalli pepper hot sauce
  • Datil pepper hot sauce
  • Scotch bonnet hot sauce
  • Red Savina pepper hot sauce
  • Chipotle pepper hot sauce
  • Cayenne pepper hot sauce
  • Thai pepper hot sauce
  • Rocoto pepper hot sauce
  • Habanero pepper hot sauce
  • Naga Jolokia pepper hot sauce

Each pepper type produces a different taste, as well as a different level of HOT! It’s important to know what kind of pepper you’re eating before you try it, as people have different reactions to different levels of spice. With one simple Google search, you can see that there are hundreds and hundreds of brands and pepper types to choose from, depending on which flavors you like and what you’re cookin’!

The History of Hot Sauce

As we mentioned above, people have been cooking with hot sauce for thousands of years, all over the world. In fact, it’s estimated that chili pepper plants have been around for 100,000 years.

So when was hot sauce first officially bottled and sold for mass consumption? Hot sauce took the world by storm in 1807, in Massachusetts.

Check out the timeline below to see how the hot sauce market has evolved over time:

  • 1840-1860: McCollick & Company (New York City) created a bird pepper sauce, made with wild chilies called chiltepins
  • 1849: Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce first imported into the US
  • 1859: Edmund McIlhenny begins farming chilies on his plantation on Avery Island, Louisiana
  • 1870: Edmund McIlhenny gets a patent on Tabasco Brand hot pepper sauce
  • 1918-1928: many manufacturers start producing competing brands of hot sauce
  • 1990: Austin Hot Sauce Festival created
  • Present – massive amounts of hot sauce consumed every day, around the world!

Hot Sauce Stain Removal

Hot sauce can be found in almost every kitchen – and so can hot sauce stains. The next time you encounter a mess that hot sauce may have left behind, take a look at COIT’s Guide to removing hot sauce stains. Get step-by-step guidance that will keep your carpets looking clean and plush. For more advanced carpet stain removal, consider exploring COIT professional carpet cleaning services and take advantage of our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

How to Remove Hot Sauce from Carpet

COIT’s Guide to Getting Hot Sauce Out of Carpet

Whether you’re a fan of hot sauce or live with someone who just can’t get enough, it’s certainly handy to know how to remove hot sauce from carpet. It’s one of those stains that you can’t really brush under the rug very easily. With a bright red color, there’s only one way to tackle a hot sauce stain – and that’s FAST!

With COIT’s step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to get hot sauce out of carpet using do-it-yourself solutions. The faster you act, the higher chance you’ll have of getting rid of the stain.

Follow the methods below to get do-it-yourself results.

Hot Sauce Stain

How to Get Hot Sauce Out of Carpet – Method # 1

Upon discovering the hot sauce stain, it’s important to act quickly to prevent it from settling into the carpet.

  1. Using a clean towel, press firmly on the hot sauce stain. Next, you’ll want to apply pressure by standing on the towel.
  2. Remove the towel from the stain. Using a spray bottle, spray the affected area with a mixture of 50% vinegar, 50% water.
  3. Press a clean part of the towel directly onto the carpet. Again, apply pressure by standing on top of the towel.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the hot sauce stain starts to gradually lighten and disappear. Remember to use a clean part of the towel each time to prevent the stain from spreading.


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How to Remove Hot Sauce from Carpet – Method # 2

  1. Using a white napkin, paper towel or cloth towel, blot up any remaining hot sauce as quickly as possible. This will keep it from settling deeper into your carpet.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of warm water.
  3. Using a clean white cloth that’s soaked in the solution, sponge the hot sauce stain by applying continuous pressure.
  4. Continue applying pressure – repeat steps 2 and 3 until the hot sauce stain gradually disappears.
  5. Using another clean white towel soaked in cold water, rinse the area of the carpet. Blot dry with a dry towel.

Removing Hot Sauce from Carpet with Professional Cleaning

If the above mentioned methods don’t seem to effectively remove the hot sauce, consider investing in COIT professional carpet cleaning.

Our team of trained technicians will use commercial-grade equipment to give your carpets the deepest clean possible. We can pay special attention to high traffic areas that may contain tough stains, going far beyond the power of any household carpet cleaners. To learn more about our services, call COIT today and don't forget to checkout our coupons!


Remember to always do a spot removal test on a portion of carpet or upholstery that is normally not visible. These are suggested treatments only and COIT can't be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of the treatments in this spot removal guide.

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Home remedies not working?

If you’re still battling stubborn stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.

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