The Spotlight: Red Wine

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Red wine makes for a lovely drink and a nasty stain. Whenever a glass tips or a bottle drops, everyone cringes. The relaxed party becomes a frantic swapping of carpet cleaning tips; one person says to dump salt on the stain, another club soda and a third grabs a bottle of white wine.

So what should you do? Well, there are many solutions online, but here’s a method that combines two of the better ideas out there:

- Step 1 –
Using a clean towel or clean paper towels, blot up as much of the wine as you can. Don’t scrub as that can spread the stain, just blot until no more of the wine comes up.

- Step 2 –
Next, in a bowl of water, mix a teaspoon of carpet shampoo or colorless dish soap and a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Soak a sponge in the solution and wring it out until it’s just damp.

- Step 3 –
Use the sponge to blot at the spot, switching to new parts of the sponge as necessary. Regularly rinse out the sponge in the sink and re-moisten with the cleaning solution. Repeat this until you’ve blotted up as much of the stain as you can.*

- Step 4 –
Spray the the area with a rinsing solution – 2 to 6 drops of dish detergent to one cup of cold water. Spray until the area is damp.*

- Step 5 –
Blot the area with a clean towel until dry.

- Step 6 –
Spray the same area with water until damp.

- Step 7 –
Blot the area with a clean towel until dry.

- Step 8 –
Take a thick towel – one you don’t mind getting dirty – and set it over the area and put a heavy weight on it. Let it sit for several hours to absorb any remaining water.

- Step 9 –
Once you remove the towel, vacuum the area.

Thanks to Howtocleanstuff.net and ehow.com for these great carpet cleaning tips. Hopefully, this will erase the spot, restore your carpets and let you get back to the party. If this doesn’t work for you, call Oxi Fresh’s professional carpet cleaners. We have specialty products that can clean up the worst stains you can imagine – even red wine.

*Before you use a cleaning solution – especially one with hydrogen peroxide since it can lighten carpet colors – always test it on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. After applying the solution, wait 30-60 seconds and then blot with a clean towel to make sure there’s no color-loss or damage. You’ll want to be very careful if you have a carpet made of natural fibers.