This article comes from The Spruce.
National Drink Wine Day is February 18th, 2021! If you’re thinking about celebrating, hang on to these tips to help you clean up after if any stains should happen.
Tips for Removing Wine Stains
The darker the wine and the lighter the color of the carpet, the more difficult it will be to get a stain out. Attack the stain as soon as possible for the best results. Removing a set-in wine stain from a carpet will require a three-part process.
- Mix 6 ounces of clean water with 3 ounces of vinegar. Pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle.
- Apply a few squirts of the mixture to the stained area. Let it sit for a few moments, then dab it up using a white cloth or paper towel.
- Continue to spray and dab the stain until you no longer see the color coming up from the carpet onto your cloth. In some cases, it may be necessary to mix up the second batch of vinegar solution.
- Warm a cup of water in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Add five drops of unscented dish soap and mix the solution thoroughly.
- Dribble or spray the soap mixture onto the stain, then use a rag or sponge to work the solution gently into the carpet. The goal is to loosen the staining agent without spreading the stain to surrounding fibers. Blot up any excess moisture with a dry cloth or paper towel. Repeat the same process until the entire soap solution has been used on the stain.
- Rinse the carpet thoroughly by dribbling clean, warm water onto the area and blotting it with a cloth or paper towel until dry. Repeat this process several times until you are certain that all of the vinegar and soap (from the earlier steps) are gone. Smell the area to make sure it is clean.
- Dry the carpet with a fan. This will rapid-dry the carpet, preventing dye stains from rising to the surface.
Extreme Red Wine Stain Removal
You can repeat the standard stain-removal steps as many times as you want, but in some cases, red wine stains will be particularly difficult to remove from a carpet. When this happens, you may want to try using 3-percent hydrogen peroxide on the affected area. Always test hydrogen peroxide in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t bleach the carpet before using it on the stain.
Apply the peroxide to a cloth or towel and dab it gently onto the stain. Allow it to sit on the carpet for one to two hours. Rinse the area with clean water and blot with a cloth to remove the peroxide from the carpet. Rapid-dry the carpet with a fan.
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