How to remove wine stains from your favorite carpet

The winter is here. The weather is cold. I’m sitting on the sofa with a glass of excellent Italian red wine in a hand. I’m looking the fireplace. What a wonderful night. It’s a nice picture, isn’t it. Yes, it was…

First of all, I have to tell you that I have a cat. Everybody knows that cats are very interesting, but unpredictable animals. My cat is pretty good, but she is afraid of thunders. So, here begins the story for my favorite carpet. I had sipping from my glass of wine, when loud thunder split the silence. My cat has get scared and jumped on me. I had thrown the glass and all of the wine spilled on my white carpet.vacuum-cleaner-657719_640 What a tragedy. I really loved that carpet. But could I remove the wine stains from it? I started looking for some tips on the internet, but then I remembered that I have a friend who is working in SYK Cleaning – it’s an End of Tenancy cleaning company. She must know the best and the easiest way to clean my favorite carpet. I took the phone and called her. It turned out that the red wine stains are the most difficult to cleaning. I had two choices – try cleaning the carpet by myself with the risk to ruining it or leave it to a pro. I decided to choose the most effective and safety way for me, so I booked a carpet cleaning services. This is the story for my favorite white carpet, the Italian red wine and one scared cat. Thank you SYK Cleaning for the happy end.

For those who want to try do it by yourselfs, I will tell you some good tips which I found on the Quora:

Step #1:    Blot up the Red Wine stain on your carpet using paper towels. Apply new paper towels and continue to blot until no more Red Wine transfers to the paper towels.

Step #2:    Neutralize the stain with Tonic Water and blot until there is no moisture on the paper towels.

Step #3:    Apply a small quantity of  cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent with a large cup of water)  Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner  into the affected area.  If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.   

Step #4:    If the stain is still there,  flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day.  At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.

Step #5:    The next day, if the stain is still there:  You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour.  Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains –  Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.

NOTE:  Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.

I hope my article was helpful for you. See you for the next story 🙂