How To Get Red Wine Out Of Your Carpet
What is one of the most frustrating stains in your home? How about red wine on carpeting? It happens to the best of us, but don’t panic! We have some great tips on How To Get Red Wine Out of Carpet and How To Get Dried Red Wine Out of Carpet. Let’s first take a look at what you need to know about how to get red wine out of your carpet.
How To Get a Red Wine Stain Out Of Your Carpet
There are a few things to be aware of when you have red wine on your carpet. First, the longer it sits there before being treated, the harder it will be to get out!
Sometimes accidents happen, and we may not notice them for days at a time (Oops). One of the biggest keys to removing red wine stains from your carpet is to act as fast as possible and treat the stain as soon as it happens.
However, we all know stains happen without us knowing or seeing it happen, and in this blog, we will cover the best steps on how to get a red wine stain out of your carpet, but we will also cover how to get a dried red wine stain out of your carpet.
Step 1: Don't Scrub or Rub, Blot!
When you have a wine stain or carpet stain, whether fresh or dried on your carpet, the worst thing to do is scrub it in.
The best way to remove red wine stains from your carpeting quickly and efficiently is by blotting with cold water until all of the residues come up! If there are any remnants left over after this process, then proceed onto Step Two.
Step 2: Baking Soda Paste
Now that you have blotted the stain away, what do you make a paste out of? You guessed it! Baking soda and water. The perfect mix to remove any leftover residue from your carpeting. Now what is important about this step is not only making sure there are no remnants left over from the red wine spill, but also remember baking soda removes odors as well, so be careful when mixing up your paste that there isn’t too much or too little baking powder added into the mixture.
Using a ratio of 3 to 1 of water to baking soda (3 cups water, 1 cup or 1/2 cup baking soda) is best when creating the paste. You will then want to apply the baking soda paste to the red wine stains and let it sit for about 10 minutes or until the baking soda is dry. Once the paste is dry, it is recommended to then vacuum it up.
Step 3: Applying Vinegar
You will want to grab a small bowl, add 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap and mix together.
Apply the white vinegar solution to the stained area and use either a sponge or paper towels until the stain is lifted. Make sure to BLOT don’t rub!
Step 4: Rinse & Blot Dry
Once you have applied all the steps above to the carpet stain, you will want to grab some cold water and rinse the carpet stain area again before blotting dry with a dry cloth, paper towels, or vacuuming.
Here at Mean Machine Carpet Clean, this is what we recommend to anyone looking for the easiest and cheapest way to remove a red wine stain from a carpet. However, if the red wine stains you are trying to remove are old and dried up, you may find this next process works much better…
How Do I Get Dried Red Wine Out Of Carpet?
Step 1: Start With Cold Water
You will want to start out by soaking the stain in cold water. By starting with the cold water, it will help to moisten the dry stain, making it easier to lift and comes up much quicker!
Step 2: Blot, Blot, Blot!
After you let the cold water soak in for a bit, you will want to grab some paper towels or dry cloth and start blotting up the excess liquid from the carpeting. The carpet should be damp but not too wet at this point.
Step 3: The Secret Step (Lemon Juice)
Applying lemon juice is one of the secret steps when trying to remove red wine stains that most people don’t know or think of. You can either use fresh lemon and squeeze the juice out directly or use a pre-bottled lemon juice product.
Step 4: Salt Time
As the lemon juice is soaking in, you will want to grab some table salt and scrub it into the stain. Use your fingers to massage the salt and lemon juice into the stain but make sure to work the salt in from the front and the back of the stained area to get the best results.
Step 5: Rinse With Cold Water & Blot Dry
After you have let the salt and lemon juice sit for a few minutes, you will want to use cold water again (this is key) and continue blotting away until no more of the red wine stain is visible.
Step 6: More Lemon & Dry Cloth Action
Lastly, adding more lemon juice to the carpet stain and letting it dry will help to provide a natural scent. If the stain is in a part of the house where you can allow sunlight to hit the stain, the UV rays will work as a natural fabric-safe bleach.
Accidents are happy to the best of us, and red wine stains can definitely be frustrating to deal with, but we hope these steps make dealing with those stains a bit easier.
Know When To Call A Professional
If you are struggling to get a stain out of your carpet and these home remedy solutions are just not doing the job, give us a call, and our professional carpet cleaning team would be happy to see what advice we can give or come out and take care of those pesky stains for you.
Don’t forget! We always recommend that carpets, in general, get cleaned at least once a year, especially if holidays are coming up. So if you have been putting off getting those carpets cleaned, give us a call or visit us online, and we would be happy to come out and touch up those heavy traffic areas and get your carpets ready for the family gatherings.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Hot Or Cold Water Better For Red Wine Stains
Although hot and cold water works well for other types of stains, red wine is best removed using either cool or room temperature water.
Is White Vinegar The Same As Apple Cider Vinegar For Cleaning Stains?
Apple cider vinegar will not be as effective as white distilled vinegar. However, the white vinegar smell can be unpleasant, so a good alternative would be apple cider vinegar.