So you are enjoying a beautiful weekend at home or maybe even one of your favorite wineries, and you or one of your guests spills a glass of red wine on your white carpet. Unfortunately, accidents like this happen and almost every wine lover has experienced this exact same scenario at some point. You are panicking with every second that passes because you can feel that dark stain seeping deeper and deeper into your carpet. Don’t worry Dr. Chem-Dry, the industry experts for carpet cleaning in Phoenix, are here to help you with step-by-step instructions to removing wine stains from virtually any carpet.
Whether your carpet is dark, light, low-pile, or high-pile, the first thing you are going to want to do is absorb as much of the liquid up from the carpet as possible. This is an important first step. Be advised that you should not apply any cleaning solution to the stain until you have extracted as much of the wine from your carpet as possible first. The Phoenix carpet cleaners at Dr. Chem-Dry advise using a white wash cloth so you are better able to see the wine being lifted from the carpet. Be sure that the cloth is clean and dry before applying it to the stain. Apply as much pressure to the cloth as possible, even by stepping on the wash cloth. This could take multiple cloths and anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes of pressure before you are able to apply the recommended cleaning solution.
If you have a spot carpet cleaning solution, continue by following the recommended product instructions. If you don’t have a spot cleaning product on hand don’t stress. There are multiple carpet treatments that you probably already have around the house.
- Club Soda: Club Soda is an age old trick for getting virtually any stain out of any kind of fabric. It works so well because the combination of both carbonation and sodium elements act as a natural stain lifter. Pour the club soda over the spill and continue to blot with a clean, dry cloth or towel as previously described. If the stain still remains, apply a mixture of four cups of warm water and ¼ of a cup of dish soap. Continue blotting until the stain is completely removed, dilute with water, and vacuum the general area.
- White Vinegar: If you don’t have club soda you can substitute by using white vinegar. Mix a home carpet cleaning solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water. Using a dry wash cloth, blot the stain with your white vinegar solution. Continue to alternate between applying the vinegar solution and dabbing with a dry rag. Finish by blotting with cold water to remove any cleaning solution residue.
Invest in regular, professional carpet cleaning services throughout your entire home every 6 to 12 months. Properly maintaining your home carpets with regular care and maintenance will make the occasional stain removal, when needed, more successful. Also ask your local carpet cleaning expert about applying a stain resistant pre-treatment to your home carpeting as a precaution or your most active rooms or high traffic areas.