Wine, especially red wine, can be your worst nightmare if you’ve got a light coloured carpet. But accidents happen, and luckily, there are ways to remove wine from carpet and prevent stains.
Read These Simple DIY Tips on How To Clean Wine From Carpet
Here’s some DIY tips on how you can clean up your carpet after a wine spillage, and stop it from leaving a stain.
Blot the stain immediately
Blotting is the best course of action for any liquid spilt on carpet, but with wine it’s particularly important to blot as soon as possible after the spill. The more time the wine has to sink into the carpet, the more likely it is to leave a stain.
Use salt if you can’t blot right away
If you have guests when the spill occurs and you can’t tend to the carpet right away, just make sure to start blotting as soon as you can.
In the meantime, a subtle way to deal with the spill is to pour some salt over it. The salt will absorb some of the wine making the spill easier to deal with later.
Blot with water
Once you’ve blotted all you can, pour a little water over the wine spill. This is going to dilute the colour, and make it easier for you to blot up.
Use a clean cloth to dab the spill and if this one becomes wet and dirty, just swap it out for another dry and clean one.
Blotting with water is a process you can repeat until you think you’ve blotted all you can.
Make a baking soda paste
Baking soda is one of those cupboard items that often sits untouched for months. But when it comes to cleaning wine from your carpet, it’s one of the best things to have on hand.
Mix 3-parts baking soda to 1-part water and mix it into a paste. You can then spread this over the stain and wait for it to dry. Baking soda is technically a salt, so much like salt it soaks up any moisture, but it has a few more cleaning superpowers too.
It’s not acidic so it’s not going to leave any bad odours. In fact, it gets rid of odours, so you don’t have to worry about your carpet smelling like a wine bar.
Despite not being acidic, it’s slightly abrasive. This means it can help bring out stains by drawing out particles of wine that have sunk deeper into the carpet.
After your baking soda paste has dried into the carpet, it’s time to bring out the vacuum. Vacuuming up the dried baking soda solution is going to remove any dried wine residue.
Once you’ve vacuumed, you’ll be able to see if there’s any stain left on the carpet. If there’s still a noticeable stain, don’t panic, your carpet can still be saved.
You can try any of the above steps again, or if the stain is a very persistent one, it’s worth consulting a professional carpet cleaning company. Professionals know how to remove wine from carpet with advanced cleaning methods such as steam cleaning.