Don't let a spilled drink ruin your dinner party. Act fast with one of these three tried and true methods to clean it up fast. Party on!
Method 1: Remove Red Wine Stains With Salt
Sometimes the solution to your problem is easily obtained with a handy household item everyone has. First carefully remove the excess liquid with a white cloth (Always use white!). Next, pour an ample amount of cool, clean water over the soiled area to dilute the concentration of red wine that has spilled. OK, the hard part's done! - Next, grab your salt shaker from the kitchen and twist off the top. Pour out a small heap to cover the entire stain while it's still wet. The salt crystals will absorb the wine and turn pink over the course of the next few hours.
In order to get the maximum benefit of the salt technique, it's best to leave the salt pile in place to dry completely overnight. The next morning, go ahead and scoop up the salt and discard the now pink crystals into the trash. Then, simply vacuum any leftover remnants of a glass gone rogue. This helps to ensure anything that got embedded into the carpet or upholstery fibers is completely gone. One your done, the stain should be much less noticeable, if not entirely gone. Nice work!
Method 2: Remove Red Wine Stains Using White Wine
Yes it sounds crazy but it just might work! A little splash of white wine over your existing red wine stain could dilute the concentration similar to that of adding cool water - party on and pop the next bottle! After you pour a bit of white wine on top, dab the area with a clean white cloth to soak up the mixture. This should remove most of the stain. If for some reason the result is less than satisfactory, follow up with an absorbent baking soda paste. To do this, mix up three parts of water and one part baking soda, coat the stain, and leave it overnight to soak. To be even more effective you can also cover the red wine stain with a clean cloth and place a heavy book on top. The weight of the book will help to apply pressure to the baking soda mixture into the fibers to pull up any remaining wine below. By the next morning, you can scrape off that dry baking soda crust to reveal a stain-free carpet again.
Method 3: Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Remove Red Wine Stains From Carpet
Hydrogen Peroxide is good for more than just sterilizing minor cuts and scrapes. It's also highly effective at tackling your harder to clean stains- like red wine stains for example. Just be sure to keep in mind that it is a mild bleaching agent, therefore do not use it on dark carpets or upholstery! Only lighter materials like white carpet.
To start, mix one small squirt of dish washing soap (Dawn is definitely a good choice) with a half of a cup of hydrogen peroxide in a shallow dish. Start first by testing a small amount of the solution in an inconspicuous spot on the carpet or upholstery furniture before going full guns blazing and creating a horrific bleach spot. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) If the area bleaches, or you notice a dye transfer, then dilute the area with water quickly and dab away the moisture. At that point, discontinue this method and use one of the previous two methods or call us if your in the Richmond, VA area and need help. If there is no discoloration your good to continue. Soak a clean cloth in the homemade cleaning solution and dab the stain. Do this gently, allowing the solution to seep deep into the fibers for maximum result. Repeat this until you've applied the mixture to the entire stain, and allow it to dwell (sit) for a few minutes for the best results possible.
After the hydrogen peroxide has done its job, wash and rinse it away. You can fill a clean spray bottle with cold, soapy water and lightly wet the stained area. Blot with a new clean white towel - this one should be soaked in fresh, lukewarm water without any soap. Finally, use a final dry towel to dab the spot and absorb any left over moisture to reveal where a stain used to be. It should now have disappeared!
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