The Spotlight: Spilled Champagne

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

The New Year is here, the Ball has dropped and the sparkling wine was popped. Now, if you made the mistake of opening your bubbly over the carpets (and left a stain) this guide is for you. Let’s learn how to tackle a sparkling white wine spill.

Inventory
- Soda Water                  – Cotton Towels
- Hot Water                    – Spray Bottle
- Liquid Dish-soap        – Sponge
-White Vinegar              – Bowl

Step 1
If the spill is fresh, blot it up with a clean towel.

Step 2
Carefully apply club soda directly to the spill, working from the outside edge toward the center*. You don’t want to soak the carpet, just apply enough soda water so that the area is damp. Use the sponge to work the soda water further into the pile.

Step 3
Blot the spot with a clean towel until the carpet is dry.

Step 4
Pour two cups of hot water into the bowl and add one tablespoon of vinegar and one of liquid dish-soap (use a neutral, clear soap – nothing too alkaline, acidic or brightly colored).

Step 5
Get the sponge damp with the solution and blot at the spill, working from the outside edge toward the center*. Occasionally blot at the spot with a clean towel before going back to the sponge. Keep doing this until the spot is gone.

Step 6
Once the area is clean, spritz it with hot water from the spray bottle and blot until dry. This should remove any residual dish-soap or vinegar.

And there you have it – a way to remove sparkling wine from your carpet. If this method doesn’t work, or if your carpets are in bad shape, remember that Oxi Fresh’s professional carpet cleaners are always ready to help. Just visit us online at www.oxifresh.com to learn more about our green carpet cleanings and to gets some great carpet cleaning coupons!

Thanks to Mary Ylisela and Maria Woehr for their great articles from ehow.com.

*Before you use a solution, 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.