Oh No – I’ve Spilled Red Wine on My Carpet!

red wine spill carpetIt doesn’t matter how careful you are, sooner or later, your carpet will become soiled. That’s why it’s recommended that all homeowners have their carpets professionally deep cleaned at least once every 6 months. But certain spots and stains just can’t wait until the professional carpet cleaner comes out to do his thing, as they may be obvious, unsightly and become worse over time.

Red wine stains are one of these aforementioned stains – especially if the drink was spilled on light colored carpeting.

Thankfully, there’s a relatively simple way to remove red wine stains from carpeting that you can do yourself. But it’s important to know how to do it properly, or else you could be making it worse and damage the carpet as well. Here’s a look at how to remove red wine stains from carpet:

Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpet

The first thing you’ll want to do is act fast after the initial spill. This is important because your chances of successfully removing the red wine stain increase greatly if you’re able to treat it before the stain fully sets into the carpet fiber. That’s the first step. Here’s a look at the ensuing steps to removal:

  • Blot: Take a white cloth or paper towel and try to soak up as much of the stain as you can. The more you’re able to blot, the less you’ll have to remove.
  • Pour – then blot some more: After the initial blotting, take a cup of cold water and pour it around the stain. This helps to dilute the stain. After doing this, blot some more. Blot until you can’t remove any more of the stain.
  • Removal: The remainder of the stain can be removed in several ways using simple household products. Here’s a look at two of the most popular means:
    • Baking Soda: Create a baking soda paste mixing the product at a 3:1 ratio of water. After applying it to the stain, leave ample time for it to dry. After drying, go over the area with a vacuum cleaner to remove the dried paste. If done correctly, the paste absorbs the stain and is removed during vacuuming.
    • Vinegar: Mix two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Dip a clean sponge into the solution and blot the red wine stain until it is completely gone.

There are various other methods for removing a red wine stain – including using hydrogen peroxide or a special stain remover like OxiClean, but those need to be used with greater caution or else there’s the risk of not only botching the stain job, but damaging the carpet, too.

So have no fear the next time a hand goes awry and dumps a bit of red wine onto that beige carpet – you don’t have to get the carpet replaced, or buy a throw rug to hide the stain. Just take fast action and follow the steps above to effectively and promptly remove it.

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