Carpet Stain Removal for Wine Stains

wine glass tipped over with wine stain on carpetWhether you like to enjoy a nice glass of merlot, pinot noir, or cabernet sauvignon, there’s one thing all red wines have in common: they can be a real pain to get out of carpet. However, you shouldn’t have to confine yourself to the kitchen or dining room table when you’re sipping on a lovely glass of red. 

From dinner parties to late-night movie watching on the couch, there are many situations in which you might run the risk of spilling red wine on your carpet. If an accident happens and you’re faced with a stain, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of erasing the evidence and bringing your carpet back to its previous state.

How to Approach Red Wine Stains on Your Carpet

Red grapes are what gives red wine its punchy flavor and beautiful color, as well as its famous staining abilities. While white wine has less potential for leaving an obvious stain on your carpet, there’s no reason you can’t partake in your favorite red in your living room or other carpeted area when you know the best ways to approach carpet stain removal. 

Here are some tips from our professional carpet cleaners that you can follow if you’re faced with a wine spill:

  1. First, use a white dish cloth or white paper towel to blot the wine stain, absorbing as much liquid as possible. The more liquid you are able to draw up into the towel, the less severe the stain will be. As with almost all stains, avoid rubbing at all costs, as vigorous movement could encourage the liquid to penetrate the carpet fibers deeper than it already has. 
  2. After blotting away the excess liquid, pour a small amount of cold water onto the stain, working from the outside in to avoid having the colored liquid spread to unaffected areas. Then, continue blotting.
  3. While some carpet cleaning companies might suggest using a home remedy featuring vinegar, we want to warn you to use caution. Due to the chemistry of vinegar and the properties of wine, this treatment comes with significant risk of setting the stains. 

    Instead of using vinegar, we recommend that you treat the stain as listed above in steps 1 and 2, then contact a professional. The sooner a professional is able to treat the spill, and the fewer additional chemicals they have to contend with (including household vinegar), the better their chances are of removing the spill before it becomes a permanent stain. 

Debunking the Myths of Vinegar and Dish Soap

While vinegar and dish soap have great uses throughout the home, be aware of the risks of using these products as household remedies on your carpets and upholstery. The properties of vinegar increase the risk of setting the stains, ultimately creating a larger problem than what was originally there. And, using dish soap, even in small amounts, creates risk of reappearing spots - since these products end up leaving behind dirt-attracting residues that will collect dirt particles and show darker problem areas over time.  

Call On Our Professional Carpet Cleaners for Stubborn Red Wine Stains

If the red wine stain has been given time to set and is particularly stubborn, calling on our professional carpet cleaners is the best plan of action. We know exactly how to go about tackling deep-seated stains and can refresh your carpet after an unfortunate spill.

Just call (800) CHEM-DRY today to connect with Chem-Dry carpet cleaners in your local area and get rid of stubborn red wine stains on your carpets!


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