Drinking red wine in a carpeted room can be a stressful experience. Wine stains, along with pet stains, top the list for most frustration and ugly marks on your carpet. If you spill a glass of wine, don’t panic; it is possible to remove the stain without any trace of an accident.
When you are attempting to remove a wine stain, you want to make sure that you don’t let the stain set into the fibers. Keep the stain “loose” and you will be able to remove it. Luckily, you don’t need any fancy or expensive cleaners to remove wine stains. A handful of common household items can be used to remove wine stains.
Best Products for Removing Wine Stains
Baking Soda – Baking soda helps to soak up many different kinds of stains! Make a paste by mixing three parts water and one part baking soda.
White Wine – This shouldn’t be too hard to find if you have red wine handy! If the wine stain is bright red, open up a bottle of dry white wine and apply a small amount to the stain. The white wine will keep the red wine from clinging to carpet fibers while you clean. You can also apply vodka to the stain. Blot out the mixture before cleaning with a baking soda paste.
Dish Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide – Coat a rag with dish soap and a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Dab the rag on the stain and let it soak for a few minutes before applying more dish soap and water.
White Vinegar – If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar can be mixed with dish soap to loosen the stain.
Salt and Club Soda- If the stain has already dried, there is still hope! Pour a small amount of club soda on the stain, and sprinkle a liberal amount of salt. Let the mixture soak for a few hours (or overnight) and continue to remove the stain.
Tips for Removing A Wine Stain From Your Carpet
Clean the Stain Right Away – It’s best to remove the stain while it’s still wet. Don’t wait to clean the stain, as it will only sink deeper into your carpet.
Don’t Rub or Scrub – Being aggressive with the stain is only going to drive it farther into your carpet fibers. Simply blot the stain with a cloth to soak up the stain and loosen the wine from the fibers.
Be Patient – If the stain is not coming out right away, don’t panic. You may have to blot the stain two to three times to remove it completely from your rug. Add a small amount of cold water each time you finish. If you are using a baking soda mixture to remove the stain, it may help to cover the stain with the paste, a cloth, and a heavy book or weight overnight. The next morning, most of the stain will be absorbed into the cloth and you can continue to blot.
Call a Professional If Necessary – Even if you can’t completely remove the stain yourself, you can call up a professional who can. Don’t delay; phone up a professional carpet cleaner and explain the situation.