Whether you’ve spilt a glass of your favourite Merlot or completely shattered a bottle of Shiraz, red wine on your carpets is every homeowner’s worst nightmare. But there’s no need to panic if the Pinot Noir has got the better of you. Using simple ingredients from every cleaning cupboard, you can remove even the most engrained stains and get your carpet looking as good as new. Read on as we discuss how to tackle red wine stains on your carpet.

Act quickly

While it’s best not to panic when you spill a glass of red wine, the longer the wine sits in your carpet, the harder it will be to get out. Do yourself and your carpet a big favour by acting quickly. As soon as you notice the spillage, grab some paper towels or a dry rag and blot as much of the liquid as you can. Do not rub the stain as this will only force it further into the carpet fibres.

Soak up excess liquid

Pour salt or bicarbonate of soda onto the stain after you have blotted away the majority of the liquid to soak up the remainder. The salt or soda works by absorbing the stain’s moisture, so this tactic is much less effective on dried stains. If your stain has started to dry, or is an old stain, try pouring a little bit of cold water on it before adding the salt to dilute the wine.

Try something stronger

If blotting and adding salt hasn’t don’t the trick, your stain may require a stronger solution to get moving. Try using a vinegar solution, a mix of washing up liquid, white vinegar and warm water, to remove the stain. Soak a clean rag in the vinegar solution before dabbing it onto the stain to allow it to seep into the fibres, loosening the stain and allowing you to blot it away with a dry rag.

Take the traditional route

We’ve all heard the age-old trick of pouring white wine onto red wine stains, right? If all else fails, it may well work for you. white wine dilutes the stain much like water does, loosening it to make it easier to dab away. So, if you find yourself facing a red wine stain and you’re short on water or white vinegar, pour a little white wine directly onto the stain before blotting away.

If you’re struggling with a stubborn red wine stain, the team at Clean & Dry Doncaster are here to help. Our carpet cleaning service can tackle even the toughest of stains, leaving your carpets looking and feeling as good as new.

Remember, it’s always best to get expert input rather than taking any risks with your carpet, so be sure to call our team if you are unsure about a stain and need some expert advice.