Our Advice for Removing Red Wine Stains from Your Carpet

carpetm 22 Aug 2013

Our advice for removing red wine stains from your carpet here at Carpet Cleaning Melbourne is as varied as the amount of red wines produced in Australia. There are so many people who have different ideas about how to get red wine stains out of carpets! Here are a few of the better ones:

  • There is only one commercial solvent we would recommend trying and that is a product called “Wine Away.” The reason that we recommend it is because it contains no bleach or phosphates. At Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we highly recommend that you do not buy carpet stain removers from the grocery store. They all contain some form of bleaching agents that may ruin the color of your carpet, and there is now way to remedy that.
  • The best way to start with a wine spill is to pour salt on it if you don’t have anything to clean it with. The salt will prevent the stain from setting without harming your carpet while you decide what to do.
  • You can also dab white vinegar on the stain after you have dabbed up as much of the stain as possible. This will neutralize the pigment in the wine and then you may be able to finish up with a mixture of dish detergent and water; club soda works the same. As well, both of these methods can be used in conjunction with the salt to keep the stain from setting.
  • Believe it or not, white wine can be used to get the red wine stain out of your carpet. After blotting the excess red wine out of the carpet, dab some white wine on the stain. The white wine will lift off the color. If the stain is still visible, use salt and then vinegar as mentioned above and finish off with soap and water.
  • Another method is to spray hydrogen peroxide on the stain after you have blotted up the excess red wine. Make sure to test the hydrogen peroxide on an unnoticeable part of the carpet first. Then sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it set for two to three minutes. Rinse this out with some clean water and this should get out the stain.

As you can see, at Carpet Cleaning Melbourne, we recommend using natural stain removal methods over store bought cleaners. Once again, this is because these cleaners contain bleaches that may damage the color of you carpet, and that is not repairable, even by us.

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