While it may seem like a disaster if any red wine is spilled on a carpet, red wine stains of a carpet can be treated, especially if it is possible to act quickly. It is possible to remove the red wine stains from the carpet and continue to use it without any unsightly marks.
Although other forms of drink including wine, beer, fruit juices, etc can be bad, red wine stains on carpets and clothes are the nightmare for the host and hostess. The red wine on the carpet, tablecloth or clothes can not only leave an unsightly blue - purple stain, but it can also give off a pungent smell. As a result, it is necessary to take some timely action to remove the stain before it becomes locked in.
Either way, spilled red wine usually creates panic, as red wine stains are notorious for hanging around for life. Or until you throw out the stained item.
The most important rule for removing red wine stains is to do it immediately! No other stains sets so stubbornly and hangs on for dear life more than red wine. You have a much higher success rate at removing the stain completely if you attempt to remove the red wine stain as soon as it occurs.One extra tip about red wine stain removal: If you have a wet vac, keep it handy. This can save your carpet, even your clothing, from red wine stains easily if you use it quickly enough!
There are a number of ways in which a red wine stain can be removed from a carpet:
Using white wine: One effective way in which you can remove the red wine stains from a carpet is to pour white wine onto it - be careful not to use too much as it may soak the carpet and could cause some shrinkage. Then leave the wine a few moments and start to rinse everything away using a little water. Then remove as much water as possible using either paper of ordinary towels. It is best to work from the outside of the stain inwards. Also be careful not to "scrub" the carpet as this will show up later.
Using salt: Another recognised method for removing red wine stains from a carpet is to use salt. The trick is to pour plenty of salt onto the affected area and then allow the salt to soak up the red wine stain. It is often best to leave the salt until it dries as brushing too soon may just allow some of the salt to enter the carpet and the stain to remain.
So time and blotting are what should be uppermost in your mind when you go about the task of removing red wine stains from your carpet. Maybe we should add a third rule: be calm, don't get mad at the child or adult who accidentally knocked over that glass! Red wine stains don't justify replacing the carpet because there are effective ways of getting rid of these stains.
Sometimes the use of hydrogen peroxide has been suggested. This substance is a powerful oxidising agent or bleach, and while it may remove the colour of the wine, it may also remove the colour from the carpet leaving an equally unsightly mark. When using hydrogen peroxide you have to be careful, as it can in some rare cases bleach the colour from a carpet. That is why you only want to apply a small amount and let it settle in order to see how it reacts to both the stain and the colour in your carpet's fibres.