We all love to have a nice romantic dinner at home sometimes. Red wine is a must for special occasions. One glass leads to another, and before you know it, you are a bit light-headed, and your wine goes tumbling to the floor. Red wine can be a tough one to get out of carpet fibres, but it is not impossible. Keep reading to find out how to clean red wine stains from carpets.
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What you Will Need to Clean Red Wine Stains from Carpets
Time is of the essence with these kinds of spills. It is a good idea to get everything you will need as quickly as possible so as to treat the stain successfully. Here is a list of equipment you should get together:
- Paper towels/white cloths;
- Vacuum cleaner.
There are 4 different types of detergent you may use, so there is no need to fret that you won’t have any solutions at hand. You are bound to have at least one of these 4 cleaning materials lying around:
- Dish soap and hydrogen peroxide;
- Stain remover (carpet specific);
- White wine and soda bicarb.
Now that you have gathered all of your supplies, you are ready to tackle that stain. Here are our tips on how to clean red wine stains from carpets using each method.
How to Clean Red Wine Stains from Carpets with Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide:
- Blot up as much of the wine as possible using paper towels. If you don’t have any, feel free to use white cloths. Never rub the stain as this will cause it to spread.
- Now get some cold water and carry on blotting until it gets harder to soak up any more wine.
- Mix a little squirt of dish soap with between a cup and a cup and a half of hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you use a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide so as not to cause discolouration.
- Blot the stain until you see it lighten then leave it to sit for a few minutes.
- Now spray a bit of soapy cold water onto the stain.
- Get a clean cloth and blot the stain with lukewarm water to rinse out the solutions and wine. Keep blotting until you see no trace of the stain left.
- After the area has dried, give the carpet a once over with the hoover.
How to Clean Red Wine Stains from Carpets using Stain Remover:
- Repeat steps 1 from the previous method.
- Rinse out as much of the stain as you can with cold water and a cloth.
- Get your stain remover and apply to the area and follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
- Wait until the carpet has dried and go over the carpet with a vacuum.
How to Clean Red Wine Stains from Carpets with Salt:
- Complete steps 1&2 from the first method.
- Now pour a generous pile of salt onto the stain while it is still wet.
- Let the salt sit. It will absorb as much of the moisture as possible. This method will not work anywhere near as well on dried stains.
- You will notice the salt start turning a pinkish-grey after 30-60 minutes. If the area was quite large, it could take longer. There is no issue if you leave it to sit overnight.
- Scoop away as much salt as you can and use the vacuum to suck up any residue.
How to Clean Red Wine Stains from Carpets White Wine and Soda Bicarb:
- If you don’t have any water handy, white wine could be a lifesaver. Pour white wine over the red wine stain. Sweet wines won’t be such a good idea, however, as they are often sweet and leave a sticky residue. White wine dilutes the dark colour of the red wine, just like water. You could even use vodka to achieve the same effect.
- Blot the area with a sponge and bucket. Soak up as much moisture as you can.
- Apply a soda bicarb paste to the area of the stain. Making a watery paste will work well. We recommend 1 part soda bicarb to 1 part water.
- Cover the stain with a clean cloth and leave it overnight. Place something heavy that won’t be damaged by moisture on top of the cloth as a weight.
- Remove the weight and the cloth. When the soda bicarb dries out, vacuum up any residue. This should do the trick.
Need Professional Help?
Sometimes, all the methods in the world are not going to help you get that stain out. Especially if it had time to sit a dry. There is no need to fret, our team of professional carpet cleaners are more than happy to help you with your spillage issues. We can guarantee a top-quality, efficient service. Check out our main site and find out a bit more about us.
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