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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

This author loves a glass of red and knows first-hand just how hard a big red wine stain is to treat if it’s not attended to quickly and effectively.

When a red wine spill occurs, act quick. The tannins in the wine will be absorbed into the carpet fibres and may cause permanent staining. Below are some general first aid instructions for tackling a red wine stain on carpet.

What you need:

Paper Towel

75 ml white vinegar

Non-scented dishwashing soap

Luke-warm water

Thick towel

Step 01: Get to it early

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If the stain is fresh, blot the affected area with a white paper towel or clean cloth. A full glass of wine usually means a large spill. In this case we suggest using a large towel, placing it over the affected area with even downward pressure. Do not wipe from side to side as this will spread the stain. Continue to use dry sections of the towel, folding it double and then standing on the towel to draw up as much of the wine as possible. When there’s no further transfer of colour from the stain to the towel, then move to the next step.

Step 02: White Vinegar Solution

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Mix 75 ml of white vinegar with 150 ml of water in a misting spray bottle. Mist the solution onto the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Continue to repeat this process as long as the stain continues to transfer to the cloth (this is also the first step for an old red-wine stain).

Step 03: Rinse, Blot, Repeat

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Mix a few drops of non-scented dish-washing detergent with 1 cup of luke- warm water. Apply the rinsing solution onto the stain with a sponge or a spray bottle. Repeat the blotting process with a cloth or paper towel until there is no further colour transfer. Personally, I find it easiest to use a towel and stand on the stain for greater absorbency.

Step 04: Remove Excess Water and Solutions

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Sponge an even, heavy amount of fresh water onto the stain to rinse out the remaining vinegar solution. Apply heavy pressure through a thick towel to dry the area. Repeat until the smell of vinegar is no longer present in the carpet.

These instructions are best considered as “triage" steps for a red wine stain. They will be most effective on a fresh wine stain. Most importantly, this process won’t set the stain or make it harder to remove with professional cleaning at a later stage. If you weren’t able to remove the entire stain, call your Electrodry carpet cleaning technician. With specialized products on hand to treat all types of stains, Electrodry is able to remove almost all red-wine stains.

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