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! 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.