How to get red wine out of carpet
After a long week, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a glass of wine. While the occasional vino can be good for us, it’s unfortunately not so great for our carpets and red wine in particular can leave a nasty stain if not treated correctly. In this article, we’re going to take you through the dos and the donts of getting red wine stains out of your carpet.
T’is the season
We’ll start with the simplest method – and the one which needs only one ingredient that you probably already have in the cupboard – salt. Cover the stain with a thick layer of salt and leave overnight. This method works extremely well as the salt will absorb the liquid, and the stain along with it. Remove the excess salt with a cloth or tissue and then vacuum the area before wiping the carpet down with a cool, damp cloth.
A cleaning cocktail
For dried or more stubborn stains, you might want to try a solution made by combining washing up liquid and white vinegar. Prepare a cup of warm water and add one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Mix together and use a cloth to apply the solution to the stained area. Blot with a clean, damp cloth and repeat the process until the stain has been removed.
In the club
A cleaning go-to for home-makers around the world, carbonated water, or club soda, does a great job of getting rid of stubborn stains – even red wine. Blot the stain as much as you can and then pour carbonated water onto the area. Blot again and pour more water, and repeat until you can no longer see the stain.
If you have a tub of baking soda in the kitchen cupboard, try mixing a quarter of a cup with two tablespoons of cleaning vinegar for a potent cleaning solution. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and then apply directly to the stained section of the carpet. Blot with a clean, damp cloth and repeat as necessary.
The chemical cleaner
For particularly stubborn red wine stains, hydrogen peroxide packs a punch but, you should always do a patch test on the carpet first as hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration. Blot the stain as best you can and then mix two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part washing up liquid. Apply the mixture to the stained section of the carpet and then blot with a warm, damp cloth. Repeat the process to remove any stubborn stains that remain.
If your home is prone to red wine stains, you may want to invest in a professional cleaning product. Wine Away and Chateau Spill are both affordable and extremely effective at quickly removing stains from your carpet. Always read the instructions carefully for the best results.
When cleaning red wine from your carpets, avoid using very hot or boiling water as these can often make the problem worse.
Where possible, avoid using an electric cleaner as the heat from these devices may seal the stain in, making it much more difficult to remove.
We all know that accidents do happen, but these shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying your favourite tipple. In most cases, the tips mentioned in this article will help to get rid of unsightly red wine stains and restore your carpet to its former glory.