19 Mar How to Remove Red Wine from a Rug
Red wine spills are a source of frustration among rug owners regardless of whether they have luxurious rugs or cheap rugs. This is because they leave a bright red spot which can be very difficult to remove, particularly with light-colored rugs. So how to effectively remove red wine from a rug? Following are some simple steps that will help you in this regard:
- Remove the Excess Spillage
Removing the excess spillage is the first thing you should do when cleaning red wine spills. Blotting helps in this regard as it can remove the excess wine to prevent it from getting deeper into the rug fibers. Blot the stained area with a clean cloth, don’t rub it in any way! You will notice that the cloth will absorb the liquid. Repeat this step until the wine stops transferring onto the cloth.
- Clean it Using Baking Soda
The next step is to clean the area of the rug using baking soda. Baking soda is an all-round cleaning product for messes in every home. It works well for removing wine stains from rugs and upholstery. Create a cleaning paste by mixing one-part water with three-parts of baking soda. Apply this paste onto the stained area of the rug and then let it dry. After that, use a vacuum cleaner to remove it. After this step, the stain will be gone or at least it will lessen. It is recommended that you repeat this step until the entire stain is removed.
- Rinse the Area with Water
Now rinse the rug to dilute the wine before it has a chance to set in. This last step of the DIY wine stain removal is very important because it helps prevent residue from being left behind, which can build up in the rug fibers. Rinse the area of the rug that is stained with clean water and then dry it using a clean towel or rag.
Sometimes, this step does not take the stain out completely. If that is the case, then it is recommended that you use a rug cleaner. There are wide variety of cleaners available on the market and they are effective on both expensive and cheap rugs.
Hire Professional Help if the Stain is Not Removed
Of course, even with all your efforts there is always a chance that the stain of the red wine will not be removed. In this case, you will need to hire professional help. Professional rug cleaners offer their services for both luxurious and cheap rugs. Rugs sometimes are dry clean only however, it is still recommended that you remove as much of the red wine stain as possible while it is still wet as doing this will make it easier for the professionals to remove the remnants.
The key to effectively and successfully removing red wine stain from a rug is time. Don’t let the stain sit for days before you decide to remove it or calling in the professionals because by then it might be too late and the stain is now a permanent fixture.