Red wine stains on the carpet are the bane of every holiday host’s existence. Even worse, there’s usually no time to schedule a professional cleaning or even rent a carpet cleaner before your next event. Save your carpet and your sanity by assembling a stain remover kit and you’ll be ready for the next slippery glass.
Removing Wine Stains from Carpet: Method 1
A commercial carpet stain remover is an easy fix, but homemade ones work just as well. Besides, it seems you never have a commercial cleaner on hand when you need one. As soon as you see a spill, move quickly. Blot up as much liquid as possible in an up and down motion, but don’t rub or the red from the wine will be ground into the carpet fibers. Work from the outside in, to keep the stain from spreading. Mix a tablespoon of liquid dish soap and vinegar with two cups of water and use a clean cloth to dab the stain with the mixture until it’s gone. Use a clean cloth to wipe down the area with fresh cold water to remove the soap.
Removing Wine Stains from Carpet: Method 2
Another method to try starts with blotting up the extra liquid with a cloth or paper towels. Pour a small amount of cold water on the stain to dilute it. Make a paste of three parts water to one part baking soda and work it into the stain. When the paste is dry, vacuum the area. The baking soda will remove any residual odors too. You can use salt instead of baking soda, but it won’t help with odors.
As odd as it may sound, white wine will do the trick if water isn’t handy. It dilutes the red and lessens the impact on your carpet. Some people swear by vodka too, but steer clear of sweet dessert wines, which will leave a sticky residue.
Professional Carpet Cleaning and Costs
When your carpets need more than a quick spot clean, call the experts at ServiceMaster SouthWest. They’ll inspect the carpets in advance so they have the right tools and cleaning solutions on hand. The cleaning process includes pre and post treating stains, and grooming the carpet fibers so they dry well and stand properly.
Costs to clean carpets vary, depending on where you live and how many carpets need cleaning. Some companies charge per room, while others charge per square foot. Depending on the size of your rooms, one of these might be better for you than the other. Carpet cleaning methods also affect costs. Average rates can run from $25-75 per room, or 30-50 cents per square foot.