How to Get Red Wine Stains Out of Your Carpet
With the festive season fast approaching, you are probably starting to think about organising parties and family get-togethers for the coming weeks, leading up to the big day! But, with all these people in your house celebrating, accidents can happen. We’ve all experienced that moment when someone’s glass topples over and tips onto the carpet and nothing is worse than if it contains red wine! Your heart sinks, as you know, it is one of those stains that is going to leave a nasty mark. And unless you are someone who offers carpet cleaning services in Stockport, it may be almost impossible for you to get that stain out completely. Never fear though, Maid2Maid Upholstery Cleaning Stockport has years of experience with these sorts of stains, so here are our top tips to help you with red wine stain removal at home.
The first and most important step is the same for any kind of stain; blot up as much of it as you can as soon as possible. The more of the liquid you can soak up the better, as the longer the red wine sits on the carpet, the worse the stain will be. So, as soon as the spillage happens, grab a white tissue or cloth and get to work. Don’t use a scrubbing action as this will force some of the liquid further into the carpet and potentially spread it over a larger area – which is not what you want. Instead, using a light up and down dabbing motion, work from the outside to prevent the stain getting any larger than it already is!
Eventually, it will get really hard to blot more of the wine out. At this point, add a few drops of cold water to the stain to help dilute the wine that remains in the carpet. Then continue blotting (not rubbing) until the carpet is dry.
There are many different ways to get the rest of the red wine out of the carpet, with the most popular being to use some salt. If you want to try this method, then all you need to do is pour a generous portion of salt over the stain, while the stain is still wet. Let the salt sit for a few hours, and as the salt starts to absorb the wine, you will see it start to turn a pinkish colour. If you can do, try and leave the salt overnight to give it a really good chance to get all the remaining wine out. Once the carpet is completely dry, remove as much salt as you can with a spoon and discard it, and then use your vacuum cleaner to remove the rest. The stain should be very diminished if it not completely gone.
Another popular way to remove a red wine stain is to use a vinegar solution to clean it. This involves making up a mixture of one tablespoon of washing up liquid, one tablespoon of white wine vinegar and two cups of warm water. Make sure you only use white vinegar if you are trying this method – apple cider or malt vinegar will leave their own stains! Soak a clean white cloth in the vinegar mixture and then dab it onto the stained area of carpet, using a clean, dry rag to mop it up as you go. Alternate between dabbing the vinegar mixture on and soaking it up. When you start to see the stain loosening, soak a third clean white cloth in water and press it onto the stain to dilute it, and then again soak this up using your clean, dry cloth. For maximum effectiveness, you may need to run through this process several times.
If these do-it-yourself stain removers aren’t doing the trick, or you don’t want to risk damaging your carpet further, then you will need the help of Maid2Maid carpet cleaning services Stockport. Our trained team offer professional upholstery and carpet cleaning services throughout the local area. For more information, please call us on 0161 217 1332 or email us at [email protected]
Remember to always do a spot test on your carpet or upholstery in an area that is not visible before applying any treatment to it. The treatments mentioned in this article are suggestions only, and Maid2Maid cannot be held accountable for any damage sustained by use of any of the treatments mentioned here.