Remove a Red Wine Carpet Stain: DIY Methods
At some time or another, every avid red wine drinker is going to spill some on the carpet. If you have a very light-colored carpet, this looks like the end of the world as a huge blot of reddish-purple fluid begins to soak into your carpet and stain it indelibly. Fear not, for there is a way to remove a red wine carpet stain!
First, we’re going to approach the situation as if the spill has just happened. If you need to remove a red carpet stain that has just happened, your job will not be as difficult as one that has been there for a while. The secret ingredient to getting rid of this stain is club soda. That’s right –club soda. It’s a cliché, but it actually works! In fact, this is the secret ingredient in many professional carpet cleaners’ repertoires. Many professional carpet cleaners will recommend that you keep a couple of bottles on-hand just for such occasions – unless their looking to sell you some sort of product of course. You won’t find club soda in the cleaner aisle at the grocery store – head for the beverage aisle and you’ll find it there.
Alright, so the dreaded wine spill has just happened. First, dab up any excess fluid with a paper towel, towel, or sponge. Next, break out your club soda and dab the stain with it on a sponge. Quite often, this is all you’ll need to do. If this doesn’t get rid of the stain completely, you’ll need to add some ammonia to lukewarm water and blot the stain with this mixture on a sponge. Ammonia is an alkaline and is very effective at getting rid of acidic wine stains. Be careful if your stain is on wool, however, as ammonia can loosen wool. Just be a bit gentler in this case.
If you need to remove a red wine stain that has been there for a while, you’re in for a bit more work. By this time, the color has had time to set and dry, working almost like a dye. Never fear, this can be remedied! For this occasion, try the club soda first, but if that doesn’t work try dish soap and water. If that doesn’t work, try the ammonia. In both cases, always allow the carpet to air dry completely.
If the above methods don’t work, here’s another way to remove a red wine carpet stain. First, blot with a towel or sponge. Next, mix one teaspoon of carpet shampoo or dish soap and one cup of hydrogen peroxide in a little bowl. Blot the stain with a sponge and this mixture until the stain lifts, then blot it again with warm water. Allow it to dry and you’re done!
There are a lot of different ways to remove a red wine stain, so find whichever one works for you and go with it! These are just a few of the most popular methods, but give them a try!