How To Get Cheetos & Similar Cheese Stains Out Of Your Upholstery

For some reason, most young children seem to love cheese flavored snacks, such as Cheetos and goldfish. However, those cheese flavored snacks tend to leave behind a nice cheese flavored residue. Here is what you can do if your children have turned your upholstery orange like their favorite foods.

#1 Cold Water & Soap

The first thing you need to do is take a bucket and fill it up with some cold water. Cold water will help remove the stain; hot water could help the stain set. Then, mix in some dish soap or detergent. You don't need to use a lot of soap, just enough to get a little lather going.

#2 Let It Soak

Apply the soap solution to the stain. Let the soap solution sit on the stain for a couple of minutes to allow it time to break up the stain and loosen up the cheese particles.

#3 Transfer The Stain Off The Upholstery

Next, take a clean cloth and start to blot at the stain. As you blot, you should see the orange cheese residue transfer from the upholstery onto the cloth. Turn the cloth as you blot and use a fresh part every time; you don't want to transfer the cheese residue back onto the upholstery and create a bigger mess for yourself.

You may want to add more soap and water to the stain as it dries out and as you continue to work to remove the stain. You may have to apply soap and water multiple times, and use multiple towels, to get rid of the entire stain.

#4 Rinse With Clean Water

Once the stain is gone, you are going to want to rinse the area to ensure that all cheese particles have been removed. Use a clean cloth to blot the area with fresh, cold water. This will help remove the soap that is now in your upholstery fibers and ensure that all the cheese residue is gone.

#5 Dry With A Paper Towel

Finally, dry the area with a paper towel. Press the paper towel down on the area to remove any water and moisture that has been left behind. Repeat until the paper towel that you use on the area is practically dry. You don't want to leave your upholstery soaking wet; that can lead to additional issues. Once most of the water has been removed, allow the carpet to air dry.

If you have white or light colored upholstery, you can try to use hydrogen peroxide to remove the cheese stain if it is stubborn. Hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect, so it should only be used on white or light colored upholstery. You may want to spot test an area and make sure that the hydrogen peroxide does not damage your upholstery.

If the cheese stain is really set, call in the upholstery cleaning professionals like Supreme Cleaners Inc. They will have chemical products that can use that you don't have to get the stain out if it is impossible to remove with these at-home methods.