How To Keep A Glass Of Pinot Noir From Ruining Your Carpet
It’s been a long day.
You’ve had a tough time at work, only to come back home to an endless list of chores. You’ve made dinner, cleaned the house and helped the kids with their homework.
Finally, everyone is in bed and you have the house all to yourself. It’s time to kick back with some vino, like you’ve been dreaming all day. So you pour yourself a large glass of red, sit back and…
Oh *&^!, there’s wine all over the carpet!
Carpets and red wine seem to love each other, don’t they? That’s because grape skins have naturally occurring chemicals, much akin to food dyes, that bind to the fibers and won’t let go. Leave them alone for a minute, and they become inseparable.
Luckily, red wine and carpet don’t have to stay together ’til death do us part. Just follow these simple steps and no one will know it ever happened.
1. Get Cracking. Pronto!
As with any other carpet accident, it’s best to act fast.
It’s much easier to remove a stain when it’s still wet and fresh. As it dries, it will seep into the carpet and bind to the fibers, making it harder if not impossible to get out.
Blot the area with paper towels, applying gentle pressure so they soak up as much of the spill as possible. Do not, under any circumstance, rub the area. This will spread the wine around and make matters much worse for your carpet.
2. Salt It Down
Salt isn’t just for seasoning. In fact, when it comes to wine stains, it can be your best friend.
Once you’ve mopped up most of the liquid with paper towels, sprinkle the area generously with salt and let it sit for a bit. The salt will absorb the wet wine stain, making it easier to get out.
If the wine has really gone to town on the carpet, you can pack more punch to your DIY stain removal kit by pouring club soda over the stain. The carbonation will help lift the stain from the carpet fibers, whilst the salt will prevent it from setting. Just keep blotting gently until all of the stain is gone.
3. Fight Fire With Fire
If salt and club soda won’t do the trick, it’s time to bring out the big guns.
The pigments that make red wine stains so tough to remove also happen to be alcohol soluble. Pouring clear alcohol over the stain will make the red color dissolve into the liquid instead of binding to the carpet fibers.
But don’t go reaching for the Chardonnay just yet.
Pouring white wine to get rid of a red wine stain might sound poetic, but it’s also a terrible idea. White wine isn’t clear, and will stain the carpet. It will also make the odor much worse.
Your best bet is to use gin or vodka. They’re clear, odorless and have a far higher alcohol concentration than white wine.
4. Give Your Carpet Some Professional TLC
If you still can’t get it all out, a professional carpet cleaning company is just a phone call away.
Carpet cleaning specialists have access to specialized products and tools. They’ll treat the stain thoroughly and flush it out with professional equipment. As a plus, they’ll also apply products to help minimize the damage from future accidents.
White or red, it doesn’t matter: we’ll get it out. Call us to get a free quote today.
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