12 Feb How To Get Red Wine Out Of Carpet
The most important thing to understand when you need to get red wine out of carpet is that to make it work you need suction power to extract the stain. Dabbing it with a towel wont work but using a cheap hoover will.
The secret lies in being able to suck up the nasty stuff that you want removed from your carpet and when you combine that with the method we will share with you in this article you will know how to get red wine out of carpet with no bother at all.
If you spill a glass of red wine on your carpet then your first reaction may be to pour yourself another glass even bigger than the one you have spilt so that you can cope with what you have done!
Many people advise you to “blot” or “dab” the stain once you have added a weird and wonderful concoction to break the red wine down but we will show you what a professional would do except you can do it yourself for a fraction of what they would charge.
There are two parts to removing almost any stain from your carpet.
Part one is a home-made cleaning agent that you make up yourself from a handful of ingredients, most of which you will probably have already in your home.
Part two is having the correct appliance to suck up the all of the dirt from the carpet fibres once the cleaning agent has broken it down.
The good news is that you don’t need to spend loads of money on an expensive carpet cleaner just to get rid of a red wine stain. After we show you how to make up the stain removal formula we’ll show you a few very cheap options for extracting a stain from your carpet.
Where it all normally goes wrong is when you try and remove the stain without using suction and that’s the difference between getting red wine out of your carpet permanently or leaving a permanent mark.
You may get some success with a bottle of Vanish spray and some kitchen towel but it’s not going to get rid of it completely like this method will.
It’s not some weird concoction where you need to wear gloves to apply it and it has never damaged any carpet that I have used it on. I can’t guarantee that it will be kind to all carpet types and different compositions react in different ways and anything is possible.
But at the end of the day, you already have a red wine stain on your carpet so it is extremely unlikely that it will make it worse and it will almost certainly get it out completely because I have used this technique on a number of occasions.
Part 1 – Make up the cleaning solution
The first thing to get out of your mind is Vinegar. It’s not required and it doesn’t work. Someone somewhere decided that it was a good idea to suggest it and it spread like wildfire.
Vinegar just does not work as a cleaning agent. What you need is something soapy that is going to grab onto the carpet fibres and loosen up the stain.
There are a few things you will need first before you make up the cleaning solution:
Spray bottle. Everyone has a spray bottle of some kind in the house and it doesn’t need to be anything special.
If you have a bottle of something in the cleaning cupboard that is nearly empty that will do. Just give it a good rinse out first.
Washing up liquid. Whatever you have at home is fine. It doesn’t need to be Fairy or a particular brand, anything is fine.
Rubbing Alcohol. This is the main secret ingredient and is super important to ensure all the red wine comes out.
It’s the one thing you may not have at home but you can pick it up at B&Q or Homebase or alternatively this one is the best value one we could find at Amazon – Rubbing Alcohol 1000ml
Spoon or old toothbrush. You won’t be using either of these every again to brush your teeth or eat from so get a spoon that you never use or a toothbrush that you are done with.
A cheap cloth. Something light in colour that can absorb liquid. Use a clean one that hasn’t been used before.
Now you have everything you need the easy part is making the solution. Here’s how:
Get a small bowl and add 1 cup of hot water.
Then add ½ teaspoon of washing up liquid. Don’t use any more than that as you want some soap but not too much.
Then two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol.
Give it a good mix and then add to the spray bottle.
That’s it. It really is that simple. Keep the rubbing alcohol handy because you may need to add more during the cleaning process.
Part 2 – The secret weapon
The reason that almost all other methods fail is that you need to make sure that once you have broken down the stain with the cleaning solution you have to suck it all up.
If you just dab it or try and soak it up it won’t work because all you are really doing is just pushing the stain back into the fibres of the carpet.
There are 3 different ways you can effectively suck out the stain from your carpet all at different prices and one or more that you may already have in your house.
Handheld vacuum cleaner. This is the cheapest option and is worth a try if you already have one and you don’t want to shell out any money on the other two options.
The stronger the suction the better. A handheld vacuum cleaner is the least preferable option out of the 3 because unless you have a Dyson or a Shark then it won’t have as much suction as our other two suggestions.
Here are some suggestions for handheld vacuum cleaners if you want to go down that road:
Cheap Wet & Dry Vacuum cleaner. This is the best option to effectively remove red wine from your carpet because it has the most powerful suction combined with the lowest price to create the best value for money. You’d be surprised at how cheap one of these can be and you’ll get a lot more out of it than just removing stains from your carpet.
This one is excellent value for money:
More expensive portable carpet cleaner. If you really want to push the boat out and never have to worry about stains on your carpet again then a portable carpet cleaner combined with our cleaning solution is going to be the best way to get the best results.
It will cost you but it has many other uses as well and will last for years. This is the best one we could find:
Part 3 – Removing the stain
Now you have the cleaning solution and the suction power you need. This is how to apply the solution and suction to get rid of red wine form your carpet:
Give the stain a good spray with the cleaning solution.
Then using the back of the spoon press down on the solution so that it absorbs into the carpet. You can use an old toothbrush as well to gently massage the solution into the spot but don’t scrub.
Leave for 2 minutes and then go right over the stain with one of the 3 suction methods described above in part 2.
Depending on how fresh or dried in the stain is you may need to repeat the above process two or three times.
With the second and third tries, after you have sprayed in the cleaning solution add some neat rubbing alcohol directly to the stain before applying the suction.
And there you have it. A method for removing red wine stains from your carpet that actually works!
Here is a video that shows you exactly how to get red wine out of your carpet with a step by step guide as explained in this article.
The demonstration is with shoe polish but it work’s exactly the same with red wine and pretty much any stain that you get on your carpet.