If there is one thing we have all likely learned as adults, it’s not to sweat the small stuff. With that said, when you or someone you have over for dinner spill a full glass of red wine onto your carpet, you probably have to remind yourself that it isn’t the end of the world. After all, wine stains are next to impossible to get all the way out of carpet, especially if it is red, right? Not entirely. Yes, red wine is not the first thing we would pick to have spilled on a carpet if we had a choice. However, there are remedies if you know how to go about them properly. As the carpet cleaning professionals, we know the tricks of the trade that you will need to use if you want to prevent a wine stain quickly and effectively. Below we will teach you precisely how to do this so that the next time a spill occurs, you don’t feel as though your home is crumbling around you.
The Key To Removing Wine Stains
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: when you are dealing with a wine stain, DO NOT, under any circumstances, try to rub it out of your carpet. The key to getting rid of stains like this is to take the time to gently blot at the spill. Many people think that vigorously rubbing the wine out of the carpet will do the job, when in fact, they are just rubbing the pigment deeper into the fibers of the carpet. So again we say– Do not scrub, BLOT!
A Step-By-Step Guide
Additionally, you’re going to have to know what else to do to get a wine stain out of carpet as blotting only will not do the job. Check out the steps below that should be taken when a spill occurs.
Begin blotting immediately
When a spill happens, find a clean white cloth and begin to blot as much of the red wine up as you can immediately. Be sure to use alternating parts of the cloth that have not yet become stained by the wine.
Add a bit of water to the area
Next, you want to pour a tiny bit of water onto the stain and continue blotting. This will help to dilute the red wine, making it easier to remove. Be sure that you don’t pour too much water at once, to prevent from spreading the wine’s pigment into unaffected areas of the carpet. Continue blotting until no more wine is being removed by using this method.
Make a baking soda paste
You will next need to make a concoction of sorts. Mix up a paste that consists of 3 to 1 parts baking soda to water. Apply this paste to the stain in the carpet and wait for it to become completely dry. Once the paste has dried, use a vacuum to suck up the remnants.
Apply carpet stain remover
Lastly, if you can see any stain remaining, use a store-bought carpet stain remover according to what is instructed on the label. In most cases, this will require for you to wait for the stain remover to dry and then you can use your vacuum, the same way you did in the previous step.
Extra Tips For Removing Wine Stains
While the steps above will likely help you to solve your stain problem, we have compiled a few more tips to ensure you don’t experience any mishaps.
- If you do not have any store-bought stain remover and your carpet is white, you can use one part clear dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide instead. Sponge it on, blot it off and then follow up with rinsing well. Be sure NOT to use this on colored carpet as it could cause damage.
- If you are unable to clean the stain immediately, you can blot the spill with paper towels and then sprinkle salt on the stain. This will help to absorb the wine quickly. Once you are able to tend to the stain properly, vacuum the salt up from the carpet and then proceed with the steps above.
- If you don’t notice the stain until some time has passed, this will make the cleanup a bit more problematic but not impossible. In a case like this, saturate the stain with hot water and apply a treatment. Then you should apply any oxi product to the stains for between two and ten hours.
Didn’t Get It All? Hire The Professional Carpet Cleaners
If none of the methods above help, then there is nothing left to do than call the professional carpet cleaners at Master Clean. We know how to get those deeply set stains out of your carpet every single time. So don’t worry! We have you covered. Simply call us today and find out how and when we can help you.