When red wine spills on a carpet, there is always that moment of panic when you wonder if this will ruin your carpet permanently. Are you ever going to get that difficult red stain out, or will it always be there as a reminder of a clumsy mistake you made a long time ago?
While red wine is guilty of ruining many carpets, yours doesn’t need to be one of them. Cleaning the stain quickly before it has time to set it ensures that you have a fighting chance at removing the stain completely before it sets in.
First, remove as much of the stain as possible with a cloth or paper towel while the stain is still wet. For most stains, it is best to completely stain the stain to remove wine that has not yet been absorbed.
Start wiping off the stain while it is still damp, and you should be successful in removing the stain. Grab a paper towel that is absorbent and start erasing the stain with both movements. If you have a light carpet, first pour hydrogen peroxide or baking soda over the stain.
Cold water can be a great help in removing stubborn stains. Grab a cup or bottle of water and pour a bit of water over the stain to loosen the wine and to dilute it.
This will be a good first step in removing the stain if you get right to work on diluting it and reducing the wine concentration in the carpet. This is one of the most common problems with red wine stains because of its dark red colour. If you can lighten the colour by diluting the wine with water, you have already won half the battle.
Baking Powder is Your Not so Secret Weapon
Everyone has heard of baking soda as an effective cleaning tool for getting stains out of clothes, sheets, and of course, carpets. The key to this trick is to use white distilled vinegar and baking powder together repeatedly, while rinsing the stain with club soda.
Remove as much of the wine as possible and then make a paste from 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar and 1/4 cup salt or baking powder. Then rinse the stain with club soda and dry it again to remove as much liquid as possible. Once the stain has dried, repeat the process by adding more soda until the stain is completely removed.
Let a Professional Take Care of It
While it is important to start working to get rid of the stain as soon as possible, make sure you are also ready to dial the number of a professional to take care of this. Time is of the essence when it comes to stains.
First, try testing your cleaning solution on another discrete part of your room, so that you can see if it will damage your carpet. When you are sure that it is safe, you can try it.
If all else fails, it is time to call a carpet cleaning professional.
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