As we all know, there’s nothing as hard to remove as red wine. It tends to color up any fabric easily, and being a very common beverage, it’s spilled quite often. But once the damage is done, how do we remove it? Clearly, washing the entire carpet wouldn’t be the way to go, so let’s see if we can be as detailed as possible about the removal of wine stains from a carpet.
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If possible, try to sponge the spilled wine first. This should be your immediate response – take a clean piece of cloth and gently sponge the wine. Do not apply force, since this will push the stain further into the carpet. Commence cleaning immediately afterwards. If that’s not possible, you can pour some salt over the stain until you have figured out what to do.
Cleaning agents for the wine stain
In most cases, water will do just fine, so long as you keep blotting the stain with a damp cloth. However, there are certain things you can dissolve in the water to make cleaning more effective. One way is to mix hand washing detergent into warm water and use that mixture. Another good way is to add some white vinegar to the water, which will allow the pigment to be more easily lifted from the stain.
If all else fails, you can always try bleaching the spot out of the carpet with hydrogen peroxide. Be careful though – you can discolor the carpet too, if you add too much peroxide.
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Tools to clean wine stains
Naturally, there are some tools which can clean a wine stain even after it has dried. These include a myriad of specialized vacuum cleaners. Some of the more advanced and expensive but also affordable robot vacuum cleaners can help in this situation as well. So if you can afford it, it’s best to obtain one such machine, in case of another wine spill.