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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

Red wine in glassIt happens to the best of us: You've just vacuumed your carpet to prepare for an evening of entertaining guests. You pop open your favorite bottle of red wine and begin to pour a glass and next thing you know, you've accidentally spilled wine on your carpet, causing what could potentially be an unsightly stain. Luckily, there are several ways to treat such spills and stains on your carpet.

  1. If you're quick enough, you can blot away at the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the wine as you can before it gets absorbed into the carpet.

  2. Pour a small amount of cold water over the stained area to help dilute the mess and continue blotting with a clean cloth until the carpet becomes dry and you can't lift any more of the stain. You will likely have to use multiple clean cloths or paper towels to blot the spill with until as much of the stain is lifted as possible.

  3. Create a baking soda mixture by mixing roughly 1 part baking soda with 3 parts water. Then, using a spoon or similar utensil, spread the mixture on the spill. This should help to loosen up the stain. Allow the baking soda solution to dry.

  4. Once dry, vacuum over the spilled area to remove any clumps of baking soda and essentially the stain along with it.

Note: When applying certain mixtures and solutions to your carpet, it is always a good idea to do a test on a hidden area of carpet to make sure you get the desired results. Additionally, most store-bought stain removers won't remove the underlying stain from your carpet.

For red wine spills that seem to be too troublesome, it is best to hire a professional carpet cleaner to do the job. With state-of-the-art cleaning equipment, professional cleaners will be able to give your carpet the treatment it needs to effectively remove any stains.

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