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Five Simple Steps To Get Red Wine Stains Out Of Your Carpet

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Carpet and Cab Sav… hardly a match made in heaven. But when the inevitable spill happens, reach for these household items and say goodbye to red wine stains!

TL;DR: Blot with paper towels or plain white cloth. Start from the outside and work yourself inwards to prevent the stain from spreading. Pour small amount of cold water on stain and keep blotting to dilute. Method 1: Combine 2 cups of cold water, 1 tbsp of dishwashing liquid & 1 tbsp of white vinegar – dampen a cloth with solution, dab and alternate dab with a dry white cloth (use a new cloth & cold water to finish). OR Method 2: Sprinkling salt onto the stained area, press into carpet, leave overnight & vacuum up pink debris.

Carpet and red wine… It might seem like the beginning of a household nightmare but it needn’t be. We will show you how to get red wine out of carpet in five simple steps.

First of all, act fast! If you don’t clean up the spilt wine straight away it can soak right through to the carpet’s underlay and even the flooring underneath, staining that too. Dealing with an old wine stain? You might want to put your carpets in the hands of the experts, especially if you’re hoping to remove old wine stains in your new home or as part of an end of lease clean when it’s really important you don’t leave any evidence of mishaps behind. Professional home cleaning services can give your carpets a better chance of being stain-free again, as the experts will have all the right tools and products to give them a deep clean.

Removing Red Wine Out of Your Carpet Always Starts With…

Step 1: Blot, don’t rub.

As soon as the Cab Sav hits the carpet, grab paper towels or a plain white cloth. It’s important the cloth is white because you don’t want to risk transferring any dye from the cloth onto your carpet.

Pat the stain, don’t rub. Rubbing will just grind the stain deeper into the carpet.

Top tip: Pat the edges of the stain first and then the middle. This way you won’t push any of the liquid further out across the carpet.

Step 2: Dilute and keep blotting

When the carpet starts to feel dry under your cloth, pour a small amount of cool water onto the stain, and blot it again with a white cloth or paper towel. This will lift even more of the wine out of your carpet, and will dilute what’s left lurking in the carpet’s fibres.

Top tip: Don’t use hot water for red wine stain removal because heat sets the stain. For the same reason you shouldn’t use a hairdryer to dry the carpet.

Next, check your kitchen cupboard and choose one of the following methods. You’re going to need either white vinegar or salt. Sorry all you fancy foodies – balsamic, brown, or apple cider vinegar won’t work because they can stain fabrics too.

Option 1: Removing Red Wine From the Carpet With White Vinegar

Step 3: Mix The Cleaning Solution

Once you’ve blotted the wine stain (following Steps 1 and 2), mix 2 cups of warm (not hot) water with 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 4: Dab With The Vinegar & Clean White Cloth

Dampen a white cloth with your vinegar mixture and dab the stain. Have a dry white cloth handy so you can alternate between applying small amounts of the vinegar mixture with one cloth and blotting away the wine with the dry cloth.

Step 5: Dab With Clean Cloth & Cold Water

When the stain has gone use a new cloth and cold water to remove any excess mixture from the carpet, then use a dry white cloth to pat the area dry.

Option 2: Removing Red Wine From the Carpet With Salt

Step 3: Re-Wet The Area With Cold Water (If It Has Already Dried)

The stained area should still be wet from all that blotting and diluting in Step 2, but if not, wet the area again with a small amount of cold water. The salt method only works if there’s moisture in the stain.

Step 4: Sprinkle & Gently Press Salt Into The Stain

Grab some everyday salt and sprinkle it all over the wet stain. It might seem an unlikely hero but salt actively draws moisture (and in this case wine) out of the carpet. Gently press the salt into the carpet then leave it for as long as you can, overnight if possible, but at least long enough for the area to dry.

Step 5: Remove The Pink Salt & Vacuum

When the salt has had a few hours to work its magic, it’ll turn pink where it has absorbed the wine. Scoop as much up as possible and throw it away before vacuuming the carpet to get rid of any excess saltiness. The carpet should be looking much better by now, but if the salt has left it a bit stiff simply wet it again with cold water, let it dry and then vacuum.

Success! The stain should be pretty much gone by now, but if not just repeat your chosen method. So cheers to that, but perhaps a white wine this time…

Note: Remember to spot test a less visible area of your carpet first. Carpets can vary and may not all react to stain removal in the same way.

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