Red Red Wine

11-15-16.jpgRed wine, while being a hit 80’s song from UB40, can appear to be a disaster to the homeowner.  At first glance, you may think that it will never come out, but with a few simple tips and the right mindset, red wine poses no threat to you or your carpet.  Join us today, as we discuss ways to get out some of the most stubborn red wine stains.

If your red wine has taken a tumble and has sprawled out over your carpet, no need to panic. First, take a dry cloth or paper towel, and blot up as much of the wine as you can, as quickly as you can.  The sooner you soak the wine off the carpet, the less likely it is for it to leave a lasting stain, even if it’s in white carpet.  Next, you are going to need to mix together a homemade detergent consisting of one tablespoon of dish soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water.  Soak up the detergent with a sponge or cloth, and dab the area gently.  With some patience and persistence, that stain will come right out.

Now, perhaps you’re relaxing with a glass on the couch, and it just slips out of your hand.  Again, no need to panic, scream, or curse profusely here, as some simple tips will make short work of that stain.  First, just as with the carpet, blot up as much as you can with a dry rag.  Then, mix together a solution of one tablespoon of dish soap to two cups of cold water, and blot the stain.  It is extremely important here to use cold water as opposed to warm, as the warm water will help the stain set into the upholstery.  Cold works best, but only if mixed with some patience.  Dab the area until the stain is gone, and then blot up the excess detergent with a clean sponge and cold water.  Let air dry, and you are good to go.

Sometimes, stains appear to be worse than they actually are.  However, with a little knowledge and persistence, you can do just about anything–even getting out red wine stains.

For more stain treatment tips and tricks, be sure to check back to our blog every Tuesday and Thursday for a new article!


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