You had your friends round, had a great time, the wine was flowing, then oops a glass gets knocked over and spills onto your carpet. People have a bit of a phobia about red wine spills, so panic usually sets in. But don’t worry in this guide you will learn how to remove such stains and spills. As with any stain removal, it is a good idea to try it out in a discreet place, just to check the colour-fastness of your particular carpet fibres. Firstly. Do not rub the stain, rubbing causes the stain to become more engrained in the fibres! What you should do is blot with a clean white cloth, towel or even paper towels. Try and absorb as much of the red wine as you can. Sprinkling liberal amounts of salt or baking powder on the stain can also help soak up the liquid, and can be easily removed with a vacuum cleaner afterwards. If it was a party you were at there might be some soda water lying around.
Pour a little onto the stain and once again blot with a clean cloth or paper towels. Next wet the area with a mixture of tepid water and a small amount of washing up liquid. Once applied use another clean cloth to dab the stained area until removed. No soda water. You could pour either white wine or pure vodka over the stain to stop it spreading and blot as previously. So you have no white wine, no soda and vodka is too expensive to pour onto your carpet. Here is solution number 3. Mix a solution with 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. Pour over the stain and blot with a clean cloth or towel before treating, as before with a water and washing up liquid mix. There are other solutions, most stores stock some brand of stain removal product on the shelves. Time is the limiting factor here, the sooner the stain is treated, the better. If all else fails do call a carpet professional for advice and get them round with their industrial strength removers to sort that stain out. One final thing, don’t forget to blame to someone, make them feel really guilty and hand them the bill! No, I wouldn’t do that either and I am half Scottish!
Bill Clean has been a professional carpet and rug cleaner for over 20 years in the Hemel Hempstead area.He has applied his knowledge and understanding to a wide variety of Specialist carpet cleaners and carpet cleaners hemel hempstead.