This is how to remove a red wine stain from your carpet

The ‘Silly Season’ is fast approaching and with the Christmas and New Year festivities there is a strong chance a glass of red wine (or port!) will be enjoyed. It only takes one very animated gesture to send a glass of red wine hurtling through the air only to land on your precious cream carpet or rug. Take a deep breath and a calm approach to tackling the spill before a carpet stain becomes a stark reminder of the dangers of red wine!  A glass of red wine if spilt can cause a carpet stain if not dealt with this way!When dealing with carpet stains the most valuable advice is to soak-up as much of the spillage as possible and to avoid over wetting the area with a cleaning mixture. A wet carpet can cause browning water marks if it takes too long to dry. Many life hack websites suggest poring white wine, vinegar or club soda onto the spilt wine. All these products have some level of red wine carpet stain remover effect but be prepared to do a lot of dabbing with paper towels to remove the stain and dry the carpet.  Whether you choose to use kitchen cupboard products or ones designed specifically for stain removal the steps to a clean carpet are the same.

Dealing with red wine spills to prevent an ugly stain

  • Soak up as much of the wine as possible using white paper towels or a clean, dry white cloth. Start off with light blotting to remove wine that hasn’t been absorbed into the carpet. Then press harder to make sure you have soaked up as much as possible. Each time you blot use a dry cloth or paper towel. Avoid a rubbing action as this could damage the carpet pile.
  • Spray water to the area to help dilute the wine making it easier to soak up.
  • If the party is in full swing and it doesn’t feel appropriate to do a full carpet stain remover routine, then blot up as much as you can and sprinkle table salt to the affected area. The salt will absorb excess red wine. Vacuum up the salt when carpet is thoroughly dry.
  • Apply carpet stain remover. Leave to soak in and get to action. Blot with a dry, clean cloth working from the outer edges of the stain inwards to avoid spreading the stain.
There is also non-scientific evidence on using a combination of vinegar and laundry detergent as a carpet stain remover. If you have time and ingredients to make-up the mixture then this might work. However, many carpet experts suggest that the use of supermarket branded laundry detergents and dish washer liquids be avoided unless you are able to rinse it out of your carpet. Any residual amount left behind will lead to rapid re-soiling. Red will spill can lead to a carpet stain if not removed with careFor dried-in red wine stains white wine, vinegar, baking soda and detergents are less likely to have the expected stain removal outcome. If you haven’t had positive results with vinegar plus detergent mixers there is an alternative. If your preference is for chemical-free cleaning without the release of pollutants into your home causing skin irritations or respiratory niggles then there is a product that fits the description and works a treat! Mrs Gleam’s carpet stain remover tackles even the toughest stains. It is a powerful carpet cleaner solution and stain remover free of bleach or peroxide, safe on skin and is eco friendly. Works on fresh and dried-in stains. Simply spray on Mrs Gleam’s carpet cleaner, wait 30 seconds then blot your stains away. Further information on the effectiveness of Mrs Gleam’s carpet and upholstery stain remover can be found in this article: Tips on the use of sofa stain remover
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