Family meals and holiday gatherings often include a bottle or two of red wine. And in the melee of people and gift opening, it is not uncommon for a glass of wine to spill, leaving you with a daunting stain on your carpet. Here are some tips to minimize the damage:
- Time Is A Factor – When it comes to stains, time is your enemy. While you don’t have to stop and devote all your energy to clean-up, it is important to get as much wine up as soon as possible. Use clean, white paper towels to remove all loose liquid.
- Blot Don’t Rub – Technique is essential. Rubbing the stain will remove the loose liquid, but it also forces it into the fibers. Blotting (pressure without friction) makes the paper towel act more as a sponge and less like a piece of sandpaper.
- Cold Water – As the stain starts to dry, add a small amount of cold water to keep it wet and fresh. Continue to add water and blot until no more stain comes up. Be sure to constantly swap out soiled paper towels for clean ones to avoid transferring the wine back onto the carpet.
- Baking Soda Paste – Lastly mix up a paste of 3 parts water to 1 part baking soda. Apply liberally to the stain using a clean paint brush. Once dry, vacuum up the baking soda.
A word of caution about cleaning colored carpets. Carpets are colored using dyes. When a harsh cleaner is applied to a colored carpet, even an off-white or cream, it can result in a loss of color in the spot. Even a gentle cleaner like baking soda can create a “super-clean” spot that stands out from the surrounding carpet. It is always a good idea to test any carpet cleaning process/product on an inconspicuous area to determine its effect on the color and fiber.
If all else fails, the pros at Braxton Cleaning Solutions, Northern Kentucky Carpet Cleaning, are ready to clean those stubborn stains and get your carpet looking its best! Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning.