Red Wine Stains: Tragedy to Remedy

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for MAntczak.jpegWhile I'd always recommend calling an experienced and reputable carpet cleaner to remove difficult stains, it's not practical to do so during a party or gathering. Here's a safe do-it-yourself process to remove red wine from your carpet and upholstery.

Pre-test all spot removal agents in an inconspicuous area such as in a closet or under a piece of furniture prior to attempting any spot removal.

To pre-test: put several drops of the recommended solution (as outlined in each step below) on the carpet or fabric and press with a white towel for ten seconds. Remove and check to see if there is any color transfer. If no, continue:
redwine.jpeg1- Blot-up as much of the spill as possible using a white rag/towel

2- Apply cool detergent solution and blot (see recipe below)

3- Apply vinegar solution and blot (see recipe below)

4- Apply ammonia solution and blot (see recipe below)

5- Rinse thoroughly with water and blot dry then use a blow dryer (keep 6 inches away from carpet or fabric) until completely dry.

Should the stain seem eliminated after any one of the above steps, proceed to step 5. If the stain reappears, start from step 2 and continue.

RECIPES:

1: detergent solution

Mix 1 tsp. colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water

2: vinegar solution

Mix 1/3 cup of white household vinegar with 2/3 cup of water

3: ammonia solution

Mix 1 Tablespoon of clear household ammonia with ½ cup of water

Remember, a healthy house is a safe house. If you have any questions, including dryer vents, air ducts, carpets, upholstery, oriental rugs, tile grout and dryer vent/chimney cleaning and inspections please call me at 732-821-4025 or shoot me an email.

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Mike, thank you for your column. It is nice to read about topics that relate to what is going on in my home.

Just use Shamu

FWIW

White wine will always take out red wine. One reason to keep a couple of cheap bottles of white around. can be any kind, from table to chardonnay to pinot.

still..
1- Blot-up as much of the spill as possible using a white rag/towel

2- Apply white wine

3-Blot-up

4-apply white wine

5-Blot up

Repeat 2-5 until the stain is gone or the bottle is empty. Rug/Carpet/Fabric should be ok.
Use cold water and clean town to blot up remaining wine.

Having a beagle and his helicopter tail along with a toddler as well as a love of red... have had many experiences with white to clean up red. all successful.

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