Red Wine Stains on Carpet: Getting Those Stains Out Quickly
Sooner or later, if you are an avid red wine drinker you are going to end up with some red wine stains on carpet. It’s like it all happens in slow-motion: you see the glass of wine tumbling, you reach out to try and stop it, but it’s too late. You have a spill. Red wine on any carpet is bad, but if you have a light-colored carpet, it makes an even worse impression as the blot of red and purple spreads out and begins to soak in. The good news here, however, is that you can remove red wine stains on carpet!
Let’s first assume that the spill has just occurred. If you need to remove red wine stains on carpet that resulted from a spill that just happened, you need to first grab some club soda. Club soda is an old cliché, but it really does work. In fact, club soda is the secret ingredient that many professional carpet cleaners won’t tell you about. If you ask, many of them will actually recommend that you keep some on-hand in case of spills. You can’t find club soda with the cleaning products at your grocery store – it’s in the beverage aisle.
The first thing you have to do is sop up any excess wine with a towel, sponge, or paper towel. Next, use your club soda and put a bit on the stain with a sponge. Sometimes, this is all you’ll ever have to do. If this doesn’t completely get rid of the wine stain, however, mix some lukewarm water with some ammonia and use this mixture on a sponge to blot the wine stain. Wine stains are acidic, and ammonia is an alkaline—a natural acid destroyer. If your wine stain is on a wool carpet, however, you need to be gentle as ammonia may damage and loosen the wool.
If you need to remove red wine stains on carpet that have been there for a bit, it will require more work. If it’s been there for a while, the stain has had time to dry, and effectively dye the carpet. If this is the case, use your club soda first as above. If this doesn’t work, use water and dish soap. If this also fails to work, use some ammonia. In all cases, always give your carpet time to completely air dry.
If everything suggested thus far fails to get rid of the stain, there is another way to remove red wine stains on carpet. Step one; blot the stain with a sponge or towel. Step two; mix a teaspoon of dish soap or carpet shampoo and a cup of hydrogen peroxide together in a small bowl. Using a sponge and this mixture, blot your stain until it lifts, then repeat using warm water. Let it air dry and you’re good to go!
There are many different ways to remove red wine stains on carpet, so try each one until you find the one that works best for you!