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Family holidays are about festivities and social gatherings, and so is wine. Wine is created for entertaining, enhancing and pleasure, nevertheless just one simple slip and next thing you realize your carpet is soaking up a delectable amount of your favorite vino. No need crying over spilled wine, that is unless you really really love wine… Stick to these easy steps and knock out that red wine stain before it becomes a permanent dweller on your home’s carpet.
As quickly as the wine hits the carpet grab a clean towel and begin to blot the stain. This is stain elimination 101. Remove as much of the stain as you can without scrubbing. Scrubbing only grinds a stain into the carpet. After you have soaked up as much you can there are a number of handy items you might have in your home that will assist you with eliminating that stain. Before you begin application of any new stain removal product or home remedy, test the treatment on a little spot of undamaged carpet to safely determine if your carpet can tolerate the treatment.
Like any liquid, red wine will cling to anything dry that it comes into contact with. Your first move right after you blot the stain is to get a dry, grainy or powdery material and apply it generously on the red wine stain
– Table salt
– Baking soda
– Sodium percarbonate (granulated form of hydrogen peroxide)
– Dry soap powder
– Talcum powder, which is used for baby powder
– Kitty litter
If your salt treatment didn’t quite work, or you need something extra to address the stain, applying some of these other measures may solve your problem, with some guidance of course!
Tip No. 1:
Never apply white wine to red wine as a cleaning solution
We’re not exactly sure who started this silly rumor, however do not believe it. White wine is not a cleaning agent, nor will it counteract the dyeing agents in red wine. In fact, it may simply trigger your red white wine stain to expand even further. For your own peace of mind, and to avoid squandering valuable white wine on a red wine stain, seek better, alternative methods.
Tip No. 2:
Apply boiling water and blot the stain
Hot water is a wonderful substance, particularly when applied to other products as a cleaning agent. It might trigger the red wine to dilute and spread out a bit, however the hot water will also trigger the molecules in the red wine to lose a bit of cohesion with the material, making it easier to clean.
Tip No. 3:
Milk has absorption qualities to it. You can try putting milk on the stain liberally, letting it sit for a few minutes, then blotting it up with a sponge or dry rag.
Tip No. 4:
Club Soda and White Vinegar
The minerals in club soda actually make it a better option than water. These will in fact help take in and separate the red wine molecules, which you can then blot up more easily. You can also use soda water with white vinegar to help improve the result.
Tip No. 5:
Break Out the Oxi Cleaner
“Oxi” cleaners are a practically magical way to help remove spots early, as well as already dried spots. These cleaners utilize sodium percarbonate which, when combined with water, breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. They’re great at breaking up discolorations, so if you have any, apply it to the stain, wait a while (20 minutes to an hour) while it does its job, and then blot the stain away.
Prior to getting rid of any stain on your own, make sure your carpet does not have any unique cleaning requirements. Such as, carpets made from natural materials or those containing special dyes. In case you are not sure, or your carpet is deeply soiled don’t think twice to get in touch with a professional carpet cleaner.