foot-book-now

973-675-8313

The Rug and Carpet Cleaning Expert's Blog

How to Get a Red Wine Stain out of a Rug

Posted by Paul Iskyan on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

6347789598_c200766e2d_o

 

You may not cry over spilled milk, but that could definitely change when a full glass of red wine is splattered all over your favorite oriental rug. What can you do to remove those deep red stains? Follow these steps in case of a wine emergency! 

  1. Right when the spill happens, take a wash cloth and dab the area in order to get the excess wine out of the rug.

  2. If you have it, reach for your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would when removing dirt from your clothing. 

  3. There are wine stain solutions in stores such as "MacGyver" and "Wine Away" but you could even make your own by using everyday arsenal removers such as hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, and white wine. 

  4. If red wine hits a light colored carpet, try to blot as much as possible, then spray the area with hydrogen peroxide and follow by sprinkling baking soda on it. Leave it on the stain for about 2-3 minutes and rinse with water. 

  5. Ironically enough, when red wine is spilled on a carpet, white wine can step in and be your true companion. White wine will neutralize the red wine, and that will make it easier to lift the redness out of your carpet. After you pour the white wine on the red wine, take a towel and blot (do not rub) the liquid up. 

  6. Adding salt or club soda can help to lift out the pigment in the stain. The salt will act as a buffer and will keep the stain from setting, while the carbonation in the club soda will help lift the stain from the fibers in the carpet. 

  7. Vinegar is also a useful resource when looking to neutralize the purple pigments in red wine stains. When combined with soap or club soda, it will become a stain-fighting force. Add laundry detergent to the vinegar, let it soak together for a few moments, and then apply it to the stain. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blot up with dry cloths frequently.

  8. While you try and figure out which method you'll use to clean up the stain, immediately apply salt to the area in efforts to keep the wine from setting. 

  9. Refer to our Spotting Guide for additional tricks when it comes to other stains: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-guide/ and check out our Spotting Kit so you'll always be prepared: http://www.rugrenovating.com/spotting-kit/ 

10% Off For Outbrain Readers!

Tags: Professional Rug Cleaning, Rug Renovating, carpet, Best Of New York, carpet cleaning, Green Rug Cleaning, Cleaning Green

Subscribe via E-mail

Latest Posts

Posts by category