A red wine spill is a real atmosphere killer when you’ve got guests over. The mood quickly shifts from cheery and fun to panicky and stressed, and no one ever really knows what’s going to get the stain out. But, not to worry. The carpet cleaners at Bailey’s Floor Care have been treating red wine spills and other tough stains for more than 15 years now, providing carpet cleaning in Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and surrounding areas for both domestic and commercial clients, so we know what does and doesn’t work. We know that there’s a very small chance of a homeowner being in possession of professional cleaning equipment and solutions, so here’s a list of our top 4 solutions for a red wine carpet stain:
1. Dishwashing Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so be careful when using this method that the colour of your carpet doesn’t fade. Different carpets will react differently, so it may be a good idea test this solution on a hidden part of carpet to see how it reacts. After the red wine spill has been blotted with a cloth and soaked up as much as possible, mix two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dishwashing soap and apply it to the spill. Next, take a sponge and dab the spill until the stain is removed and the area is dry.
2. Dishwashing Soap and White Vinegar
First things first: blot the spill with a clean, dry cloth. Then, mix one part white vinegar to two parts water and saturate the spill with the mixture. Next, blot the area with a clean towel. Mix one-quarter teaspoon of liquid dish-washing detergent with four cups of lukewarm water and pour a small amount of the solution on the stained carpet. Gently blot the solution into the stain, before using water and a clean cloth to blot the spill. This should remove the rest of the stain. If there is still some stain left on the carpet, refer to the soap and hydrogen peroxide method to clean up the rest.
3. Club Soda
Once you’ve blotted out as much of the red wine as possible using a clean cloth, pour club soda over the spill and continue to blot. This should pull out most of the stain. The reason club soda works so well is because the carbonation and sodium components act together to lift the stain from the carpet’s fibres. Take 4 cups of lukewarm water and dilute it with one-quarter dishwashing soap and apply it to what’s left of the stain. Then, blot until the stain is completely removed and finish with water.
4. White Wine
Who’d have thought the way to treat an alcohol problem was with more alcohol? For this method, you’ll need to pour some white wine over the red wine spill. The white wine will help to prevent the spill from spreading more. Next, blot at the stain until it’s removed. If you don’t have any white wine handy, try using another form of alcohol, such as vodka, and it should do the job.
Quick tip from the carpet cleaning team: It’s always a good idea to have a proven store-bought red wine stain removal product handy at home when you’re drinking, so next time you’re out shopping, take a minute to look around for one.
If you’re struggling getting rid of a carpet stain or your carpet just needs an all-round clean, talk to the team at Bailey’s Floor Care today. You can find out more about our carpet cleaning services here.