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How to get red wine out of your carpet

Red wine spill out of a glass into a carpet

Imagine having a laid-back evening with family and friends, enjoying just a few glasses of wine, only to have your mood disrupted once an individual spills red wine over your luxurious carpet. We get it; spills can happen, but red wine is a liquid that should be handled cautiously. The colour of red wine is technically a dye, as red wine contains chromogens, which are primary substances in many plants responsible for dyes. Furthermore, red wine also contains tannins, an organic substance used in many ink productions, and we all know the damage ink can cause to fabric. At Power Hygiene, we know about real-life occurrences, and red wine stains on carpets are no exception.

Although we do not offer personal cleaning services, our knowledge of cleaning products are tailored to cut through the complexities of stains, including the notorious red wine spill. But, for those who prefer a straightforward approach, we’ve put together a simple guide on removing red wine from your carpet easily with products you can find around the house. So, whether you’re a seasoned stain-battler or a first-time red wine spill victim, let’s dive into the removal of red wine spills from carpets.

Why does red wine stain fabric?

Before we get to the basics on the best way to remove red wine stains from your carpet, it could be beneficial for the reader to understand the anatomy of the red wine stain. With the exception of a few fabric types, most fabrics are highly absorbent. When liquid substances enter the fibres, the liquid becomes immersed in the fabric’s pores. But unlike many of the other drinks we enjoy, like beer, soft drinks, etc… the colour of red wine is completely natural. As mentioned above, red wine contains chromogen, a compound converted into a dye on oxidation. You could think of wine as a bottle of dye molecules. Once red wine touches almost any fabric, it begins to absorb into the fibres, and like every liquid, red wine moves downwards and outwards.

So, what is the best way to remove red wine stains from carpet?

Fear not, as we navigate the best practices for red wine stain removal – a blend of expert-recommended cleaning products from Power Hygiene and simple household remedies for those who prefer a hands-on approach. Let’s embark on a journey to restore your carpet, sip by sip, spill by spill.

Removing stains with products around the house

Baking Soda

  1. Begin by blotting the red wine stain with a clean, dry rag to efficiently absorb any excess liquid from the affected area.
  2. Pour a modest amount of cold water onto the red wine stain, approximately ¼ cup or as needed based on the stain’s size. This step aims to saturate the stain, dilute the red wine, and facilitate blotting.
  3. Continue blotting the wet stain until it visibly dissolves, ensuring effective removal.
  4. Prepare a baking soda paste by combining 1 part water with 3 parts baking soda, creating a thick, cake batter-like consistency.
  5. Liberally apply the baking soda paste to the red wine-stained carpet, ensuring comprehensive coverage over the affected area.
  6. Allow the baking soda paste to sit on the stain for approximately 20 minutes, giving it time to dry and work its magic.
  7. Once the paste has dried, use a vacuum to remove the residual baking soda from the carpet, leaving behind a refreshed and stain-free surface.

Vinegar

  1. Begin by blotting the red wine stain using a clean, dry rag to absorb any excess liquid efficiently.
  2. Mix 2 cups of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar. Despite our earlier advice on water temperature, warm water is recommended when diluting vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will counterbalance the water’s temperature, providing an effective solution. Vinegar is known for its ability to neutralize red wine pigments.
  3. Dip your rag into the water and vinegar solution and thoroughly blot the red wine stain.
  4. Continue the blotting process until the red wine stain dissolves, ensuring a comprehensive removal.
  5. Once the stain is eliminated, conclude the process by blotting the spot with a rag soaked in dish soap, such as Dawn, and water. This step helps eliminate any residual vinegar or lingering odours.
  6. Finish by dabbing the spot with a clean, damp rag to remove any soapy residue, leaving the area fresh and clean.
  7. Blot the treated area with a dry rag and allow it to air dry completely.
  8. If a hint of vinegar odour lingers, address it by spritzing the spot with Febreze Fabric to clean away the scent, leaving your carpet smelling refreshed.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda

Disclaimer: Before proceeding, take caution – hydrogen peroxide has the potential to cause significant discolouration to your carpet. Perform a test on a discreet section of the carpet beforehand to avoid any unwelcome surprises. Better safe than sorry.

  1. Blot any excess wine from the stain using a clean, dry rag. This initial step helps remove as much liquid as possible before addressing the stain.
  2. With care, spray or pour hydrogen peroxide onto the red wine-stained carpet. Exercise caution to prevent oversaturation and the risk of potential discolouration.
  3. Dollop a spoonful of baking soda onto the hydrogen peroxide-soaked stain. This strategic combination is designed to lift and neutralize the stain effectively.
  4. Allow the entire mixture to sit for approximately 5 minutes, providing ample time for the solution to penetrate and work on the stain.
  5. Use a vacuum to efficiently remove the dried-out baking soda residue, ensuring a thorough cleanup of the treated area.
  6. Conclude the process by blotting the spot with a clean, damp rag to eliminate any remaining residues and ensure a refreshed appearance.
  7. Allow the treated spot to air dry completely, giving it time to return to its original state. Remember, a cautious approach ensures a successful stain removal without any unintended consequences on your carpet.

Removing stains with dedicated cleaning chemicals

Prochem Red RX

  1. Pour a moderate amount of Prochem Red RX directly onto the red-wine-stained carpet, ensuring complete coverage over the affected area. Exercise moderation, reserving the remainder for a well-deserved celebratory moment once the stain is successfully conquered.
  2. Equip yourself with a clean, damp rag and initiate the blotting process. Watch as the red hue begins to fade away under the influence of Prochem Red RX.
  3. Consider elevating the cleaning efficacy for persistent stains by adding a sprinkle of salt or baking soda on top of the Prochem Red RX. Allow this powerful mixture to sit for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Use a vacuum to eliminate any residual salt or baking soda efficiently, and persist with the blotting process until the stubborn stain capitulates.
  5. Once victorious, wrap up the stain removal process by blotting the treated spot with a rag saturated in a dish soap solution like dawn and water.
  6. Conclude the cleaning routine with a dabbing motion, using a clean, damp rag to eradicate any lingering soapy residue.
  7. You can blot with a dry rag or allow the treated spot to air dry completely, ensuring the best outcome.
  8. If the aroma of the spill persists, rejuvenate the area with a spritz of Febreze Fabric, transforming your carpet into a haven of freshness.

Conclusion


In conclusion, dealing with a red wine spill on your luxurious carpet may seem like a daunting task, but armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can restore your carpet to its original glory. Understanding the science behind red wine stains, with its chromogens and tannins, provides a foundation for effective stain removal. Whether you choose the hands-on approach with household items like baking soda and vinegar or opt for specialized cleaning products like Prochem Red RX, the key is to act swiftly. The step-by-step guides provided here cater to both preferences, offering a blend of expert-recommended products from Power Hygiene and readily available household remedies.

Each method has unique strengths, from creating baking soda pastes to utilizing vinegar solutions and hydrogen peroxide-baking soda combinations. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution, especially when using hydrogen peroxide, which can potentially cause carpet discolouration. The dedicated cleaning chemical, Prochem Red RX, offers a potent solution for stubborn stains, showcasing its effectiveness in tandem with salt or baking soda. The final touch of dish soap, water, and a hint of Febreze Fabric ensures a thoroughly refreshing cleaning process.

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