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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

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Spilling red wine over a lightly coloured carpet is always a panic, but don’t stress we have tips on how to successfully remove the stain.

No matter which method you choose to use firstly, follow the following two steps:

Step 1) Act fast! You need to blot up the spilled wine right away. The longer you let it sit in your carpet the harder it will be to remove. Using a paper towel or cloth blot the stain to pick up as much as the liquid as possible before it sets. Use a ‘dab’ motion instead of a side to side rubbing one. Rubbing the stain will force the liquid deeper into the fibres.

Step 2) Apply a small amount of cold water to the stain. This will help dilute the wine that’s remaining in the carpet. Continue blotting.

Method 1 – Salt

Put some salt onto the stain and let it sit a while. The salt will absorb the wine and gradually turn a pinkish colour. You can even let it sit overnight until completely dry.

Remove the excess salt and vacuum the carpet to remove the fine particles. If the stain hasn’t completely gone it will be significantly diminished.

Method 2 – Vinegar

For more stubborn stains you may want to consider making a cleaning solution at home. In a bowl mix dish washing liquid with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Please only use white vinegar, as the colouring of other types may cause stains.

Soak a cloth or rag in the mixture and dab on to the stain. This mixture will seep into the carpet fibers loosening the stain. Next, wet with cold water and dab with a dry towel.

Method 3 – White Wine & Baking Soda

This may seem like the last thing you want to do, putting more wine on top of your red wine stain! But fear not… if you do not have any water handy white wine is the best solution as it will dilute the colour of the red wine. After pouring a few drops of white wine on to the stain blot with a sponge. Next, apply a baking soda paste which will provide similar benefits as the salt. We advise you to make a watery paste and spread a generous amount over the stain.

Cover the stain with a cloth overnight and put something heavy on top e.g. a book, the pressure will help the paste set into the stain. Once dried the following day, the baking soda should have formed solid clumps on the sofa that can easily be vacuumed.

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