We all know what to do if you spill red wine on a wool carpet, don’t we? Douse the stain with white wine! The two will magically balance out, and your wool carpet will look as good as new!
We firmly suggest you DO NOT try this at home!
Spilling white wine over red wine is not the answer. White wine WILL reduce the appearance of a red wine stain, but not by much. You’d be much better off drinking the white wine – which is probably what you intended to do with it in the first place!
Wool is tough, but it is not tough enough to resist red wine. The crucial aspect of dealing with a red wine stain is time – the more time you leave before you attempt to remove the stain, the harder it will be to get rid of it.
Therefore, you must be prepared. This does not mean you need to walk around every party you hold armed with a towel and a bottle of spot remover – you just need to make sure you have such items to hand should the worst happen. Of course, you will ruin the towel when you remove the stain, but buying a new towel is a lot less expensive than buying a new carpet.
There is no better way of removing a red wine stain from wool carpets than a specialist carpet cleaning solution. You will need to hunt around your local supermarkets for the one you think is best – if you are unsure, then your friendly local carpeting services provider will be happy to advise. One thing though – make sure the substance you are buying is ‘Woolsafe Approved’. The bottle will have a ‘Woolsafe Approved Certification Mark’ upon it, which handily is a picture of a ram along with the ‘Woolsafe Approved’ wording.
To make sure your chosen cleaner is up to the task, if you have any remnants of your carpet left over from the installation, drop a few drops of (cheap) red wine on the carpet and test out how well your chosen product performs.
To deal with any spillage, follow these quick steps:
- Blot up the spill using kitchen roll. Keep blotting until no more red wine transfers from your carpet onto the roll.
- Use your chosen carpet cleaning solution, using a white towel to apply. Dab, don’t scrub, or else you will work the stain deeper into your carpet. Don’t apply the solution to the stain directly.
- Blot as much as you can, then spray the affected area with water, and keep blotting until the stain is gone.
Unfortunately, a wine spill clean up usually leaves the carpet with a clean spot, so you may have to go over the entire carpet once the wine spillage emergency is over. At least it gives you an excuse to treat yourself to a brand new, super clean carpet!
One final piece of advice – as soon as the red wine spills, make sure you ward off all the people who’ll approach with their glasses of white wine and their false ‘folk wisdom’ remedies.
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