There is nothing worse than knocking red wine over onto a carpet.So what should you do to stop a stain taking?
If you have ever had to remove red wine stains from a carpet, you will know how difficult the task can be. Red wine on a light coloured carpet is pretty much a horrendous combination; however, it is possible to easily remove red wine stains if you have a few helpful tips to follow.
The first thing that you will need to know if you have to remove red wine stains from a carpet is that you have to act quickly! Don’t leave the stain to ‘settle’ – get a cloth or a piece of kitchen roll and try to get the excess wine out of the carpet as soon as you spot it. The longer that you leave the wine on the carpet, the harder it will be to eventually remove.
Generally speaking, to completely remove a red wine stain from a carpet, you will need to use a stain remover. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean using harsh chemicals; you can also use everyday solutions to help with the process. Great examples of everyday solutions that can be used are; baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and even white wine, so it could be that you already have the perfect cleaning solution in your cupboard to remove red wine stains, you won’t have to rush out and buy a new product.
Here’s an example of how to remove red wine stains using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda; as mentioned previously, try to blot up as much of the red wine as possible using a cloth or a piece of kitchen roll. Next, spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain, followed by a good sprinkling of baking soda. When the stained area is fully covered with peroxide and baking soda, leave it to ‘sit’ for approximately 2-3 minutes. Next, remove the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda mixture and give the carpet a light scrub.
Many people don’t know that white wine can also be used to remove red wine stains from a carpet! Here’s how to do it; again, try to blot up as much of the red wine as possible using a towel, cloth or a piece of kitchen roll. Next, pour a small amount of white wine onto the stained area and, as per before, gently blot the wine using a towel or thick cloth. While you are doing this you will need to be very careful not to rub to hard, as this may actually push the original stain further into the curtain fibres. If necessary, you can then use the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda method to remove any lingering stains.
If you prefer to buy a specialist product to remove red wine stains, many are now available on the market. If you do use this kind of product, always read the instructions on the bottle very carefully to avoid damaging your carpet and to get the very best results. If you have pets or children, make sure that the product is not toxic before you use it.