We’ve all done it: brushed that glass precariously towards the edge of the coffee table, watched as it teeters for a moment and then falls in slow motion, closer and closer to your brand new ivory Saxony carpet, the horror as you scrabble for the cloths or the water or the table salt. Do you use white wine? Should you try and scrub it out or does that make things worse?
Here is a simple guide to what you should do in times of red wine crisis:
- Soak it up. Take a moment. Breathe. It’s ok, you can do this. What you soak up won’t soak in. So get a clean absorbent cloth and get blotting. Even toilet roll will do, or kitchen roll, both are great for absorbing. The one thing to remember is that once the cloth is stained too don’t put it back on the carpet or you’ll spread the stain. Don’t worry that the floor is still pink, just whatever you do, don’t be tempted to scrub at it!
- Keep it damp. Blotting the stain will dry it up too. You want to ensure that you have soaked up as much as possible and you can do this by diluting the stain with a little bit of water. Too much water and, like scrubbing, you’ll spread the stain out. Use just enough to keep the stain moist and keep on dabbing with a clean part of the cloth. And it’s no myth! White wine can help neutralise a red wine stain. Try applying a little bit of white wine as you dab.
- Baking soda. The secret weapon. Baking soda will save the day! You’ll need to make a paste by using three teaspoons of baking soda to about one teaspoon of water so that you can apply it easily. Coat the stain with the soda paste making sure it is completely covered right into the fibres of the carpet. Then you can leave it to dry and vacuum it up.
The area of the stain is going to look a bit different for while it is still damp. Even after that you might notice that it still looks a bit off colour. Don’t worry too much. You might want to go over the area with some stain remover too. Follow the instructions on the bottle and then give your whole carpet a good clean later on so it all looks even.
Don’t forget! Different cleaning methods work differently with different carpets. Some deeper carpets are going to be really tough to get rid of stains. Others are going to be much more delicate and might not be suitable for more heavy handed cleaning techniques. You could always practice your stain removing technique on an old carpet cut off or on a hidden bit of carpet.
And, finally; good luck! Just remember that If all else fails you might just have to buy a rug, or hide the stain under a carefully placed coffee table!