At the end of a hard week (or day!), there’s nothing more relaxing than kicking back in front of the TV with a glass of wine in hand.
Whether you’re a white wine fanatic, a red wine connoisseur, or a rosé wine enthusiast, there’s something instantly calming about vino, allowing us to unwind, de-stress, and feel right at home.
However, on some occasions, accidents can happen (perhaps when a bit too much of the magic booze has been consumed) and you may end up with an unsightly stain making itself at home on your new cream carpet.
So, with that situation in mind, we’ve put together a quick guide to removing wine stains from carpets, detailing some of our favourite techniques below. Just remember, the key to removing any stain is to act fast, so make sure you carry out these tricks as soon as possible!
The washing up liquid technique
This technique is widely touted as one of the best ways to remove a red wine stain from a carpet and it’s even recommended by Good Housekeeping, so you know it must be a good idea!
In order for this to work, you’ll first need to blot up as much of the spilt wine as you can with a dry cloth, in order to remove any of the excess. Once you’ve taken up as much as you can doing this, mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with 500ml of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, soak a corner of it in the solution before gently dabbing the stain, until you have applied it to the entire area. Then, you just need to leave it to sit for a while to bring up the stain, before blotting it with a dry cloth again.
It’s also best to sponge the area again with water to rinse any of the excess solution away.
The salt technique
Another great technique for removing a wine stain is through using salt, as the sodium chloride that makes up salt extracts the stain, thus making it much easier to remove.
To start with, you’ll again need to blot as much of the stain as you can with a dry towel. Then, pour salt over the entire area and make sure it sufficiently covers the stain, before leaving it for the next few hours (it’s best to leave it overnight, if you can).
Once the salt has absorbed the wine (you’ll know once it’s turned pink!), scoop up the salt and vacuum the area, before blotting it a final time.
This post by Smart Vacuums has some more information, as well as other great tips!
The steaming technique
Finally, another great home remedy for removing wine stains is through steaming the carpet area.
We spoke to Cleaner Cleaner, a professional carpet cleaner based in London, who said: “Although it’s best to employ the skills of a professional cleaner for really bad stains, you can get reasonable results at home by steaming.”
“Lots of professionals steam stains and you can replicate this with your iron. Just place a damp cloth over the stain, place the iron on top, and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes (or longer for a big stain), and the stain should be reduced.”