We've all been there, it's Friday night and you're watching a movie, you reach for that glass of Chateauneuf but miss calculate where you last put it down and manage to push the glass over, spilling that delicious crimson loveliness all over your once spotless carpet. Right, action stations you need to act FAST.
So here we go...
1. Blot up the spilled wine right away.
The longer you let red wine sit in your carpet, the harder it will be to get rid of the stain. Do yourself a big favour by acting fast! As soon as you notice the spill, grab a paper towel or rag and blot the stain to pick up as much liquid as possible before it can set.
- Always use an up-and-down blotting motion, not a side-to-side rubbing one. Rubbing will pick up some of the wine but force the rest deeper into the carpet fibres, making it much harder to remove the stain. This can also make the stained area from the wine even larger by spreading the liquid to the sides.
- Work from the outside in, blotting the edges first and then moving to the centre. This helps prevent the stain from getting any larger than it already is.
2. Apply some cold water and keep blotting.
Eventually, it will get difficult to blot more of the wine out. At this point, try getting the stain wet again with a small amount of cold water. This helps dilute the wine remaining in the carpet. Continue blotting (not rubbing) until the carpet is dry again.
3. Pour salt over the stain while it's still wet.
That's right ladies and gents, salt. A good dabbing job will take most of the wine out of the carpet, but usually not all of it. To help get the rest out, try covering the stained spot with a generous portion of salt. The salt granules will gradually draw the moisture in the stain out of the carpet over the next few hours.
- Since the salt works by absorbing the stain's moisture, this is much less effective for dried stains. If your stain is getting dry, pour a little water on it first before adding the salt.
4. Let the salt sit.
As it absorbs the wine, the salt will gradually turn pinkish. You're ready to proceed when the stain seems almost completely dry. However, longer treatments aren't going to make things worse, so if you have time to spare, feel free to let the salt sit overnight.
5 Discard the excess salt and vacuum up the carpet.
Scoop away the loose salt with a spoon and throw it out. Use a vacuum to suck up the fine particles that remain and get your carpet looking brand-new again. The stain should be gone or at least greatly diminished.
- If a salty residue remains after the first vacuuming, just dampen the area with a little cool water and vacuum again to restore its natural texture.
Voila! You should now have a nice clean, red wine free carpet. if you've let the stain dry or you'd like us to do the hard work for you simply give us a call or contacts us here.