Holiday Mishaps: How To Remove Red Wine From Your Carpet

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There is nothing quite like gathering with family and friends to enjoy a good meal and a glass of wine before settling around the tree to open gifts. That is of course, until someone inevitably spills their red wine all over your white carpet. Suddenly, what started out as a nice holiday celebration has turned into an expensive carpet cleaning bill. Thankfully, it is possible to enjoy everything your family has to offer at the holidays without worrying about the expense of cleaning up behind them. This is because by following the simple steps outlined below, you will be able to effectively remove that wine stain from your carpet without calling in the professionals.

Supplies You Will Need

  • clean spray bottle
  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • white cloths
  • white towels
  • tablespoon
  • plastic grocery bag
  • a few heavy books

Step #1: Remove As Much Wine As Possible

Quickly absorb as much of the wine as possible using clean white cloths. This should be done using a blotting motion to remove the wine rather than a scrubbing motion as this motion can drive the wine deeper into your carpet. While you can use any color cloths to perform this step, using colored cloths can result in the color of your cloth being transferred to your carpet. This is why it is always best to stick with white cloths during this step.

Repeat this step using a clean cloth until you are no longer able to remove any wine from the carpet.

If you are able to catch the stain before it sets, this first step will ultimately make the cleaning process much easier. However, if you do not get to the stain until the next day, simply skip to step two.

Step #2: Lift Any Remaining Stain

In your spray bottle, create a mixture of one part white vinegar, two parts warm water, and 3 teaspoons of baking soda. Spray this mixture over the stained area until the entire area is damp, not soaked. Place a clean white cloth over the stain and use the back of a tablespoon to apply pressure to the cloth in a spiral pattern working your way from the outside of the stain inwards. This will allow you to release and lift any remaining wine from the deepest fibers of your carpet without spreading the stain in the process.

If your carpet is still discolored after performing this step the first time, simply continue to repeat this step until the stain is completely gone.

Step #3: Dry And Fluff Your Carpet

Allowing mold and mildew to grow inside your carpet is just as bad as any wine stain your family may leave behind. Therefore, it is extremely important to ensure that your carpet is dried completely after the cleaning process. In order to remove the moisture from the deepest levels of your carpet, you will need to begin by placing a clean white towel over the damp area. Next, place a plastic grocery bag on top of the towel. Finally, place a few heavy books on top of your plastic bag. The weight of these books will pull the moisture out of your carpet, while the bag will protect your books from any moisture damage.

After approximately 24 hours, you can remove the towel and books and fluff your carpet fibers using a vacuum cleaner.

A Final Thought

While the process described above is incredibly effective at removing stains, it is not intended as a supplement for regular carpet cleaning and maintenance. Consequently, if you truly wish for your carpet to stay looking its very best, you will still need to call on a local carpet cleaning professional (such as one from Amer Carpet Cleaners) to deep clean your carpet every few months.

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