How to get red wine stains out of carpet
There seems to be endless amounts of theories floating around about what the best way to get a red wine stain out of carpet is. Many solutions require you to purchase specific products, whilst other solutions just don’t work. So, the carpet cleaning team at XL Cleaners thought we’d give our input into the matter. We have put together two methods for removing red wine stains for carpet. The first is for a fresh spill. The second is for a dry red wine stain.
The best way to get a fresh red wine stain out of carpet, without paying for expensive stain-removal products:
- The first thing you need to do is blot the stain with some kind of paper towel. It goes without saying: do not scrub; only blot. Scrubbing will simply force the red wine stain deeper into the carpet.
- Next, apply water to the stain. This will help to dilute the wine and will making blotting easier. Continue blotting until no more will come out.
- Create a baking soda and water paste, using a ratio of 3 to 1 of water to baking soda. Apply the paste and wait 10 minutes, or until paste is dry. Once the paste is dried, vacuum it up.
- In a small bowl, poor 2 cups of warm water with 1 table spoon of white vinegar and a tea spoon of dish washing liquid. Apply the combination to the stain with sponge and blot until the stain in lifted.
- Rinse any trace of the stain with a small amount of cold water, before blotting dry with towel or vacuuming.
This is, by far, the easiest and cheapest way to remove a red wine stain from a carpet. If the stain you’re trying to remove from the carpet is old and dried up, you may find this next process works much better…
How to get an old dry red wine stain out of carpet:
- Soak the stain in cold water. This will moisten the dry stain, leaving it more likely to come out.
- Blot with a paper towel to pick up the excess water. The carpet should be damp, but not too wet.
- Apply lemon juice directly to the stain. You can either squeeze the juice directly from a lemon, or use a pre-bottled lemon juice product. Soak the stain thoroughly, so that the acidity begins to act upon the wine stain.
- Scrub the stain with table salt. As the lemon soaks into the fabric, shake salt onto the area. Use your fingers to massage the salt and lemon into the stain. Work the salt in from the front and the back of the stained area for better results.
- Rinse the stain in cold water before blotting it dry with a towel, massaging it as you go, paying special attention to the stained area.
- Add more lemon juice to the stain and leave to dry. If you’re in a part of the house where you can allow sunlight to hit the stain, the UV rays make for a natural, fabric-safe bleach.
If you’re struggling to get a stain out of your carpet and homemade solutions don’t seem to work, send our team a message to see what advice we can give!