How to Remove a Red Wine Stain

Here’s a guide on how to deal with red wine stains effectively:

When a red wine spill occurs, act quick. Below are some general first aid instructions for tackling a red wine stain.

1)      For a fresh stain, immediately blot with a white paper towel or clean cloth. Apply even downward pressure, do not wipe from side to side as this will spread the stain. Continue until you no longer see a transfer of colour to the cloth.

2)      Mix 75 ml of white vinegar to 150 ml of water in a spray bottle. Spray onto the stain and blot with a clean white cloth. Repeat as long as the stain continues to transfer to the cloth (this is also the first step for an old red-wine stain).

3)      Mix a few drops of non-aromatic dish-washing detergent with 1 cup of water. Either sponge onto the stain of spray onto the stain with a spray bottle. Blot again with a cloth or paper towel until there is no further colour transfer.

4)      Rinse the carpet to remove the vinegar and detergent residue. Sponge fresh water onto the stain and apply even, heavy pressure with a thick towel to absorb the moisture. Smell the area and repeat until the vinegar and/or detergent  smell is gone.

The above instructions can be considered as “triage” steps for a red wine stain. The above process will not set the stain or make it harder to remove with professional cleaning at a later stage.

If the stain remains, then call your Electrodry carpet cleaning technician. Electrodry uses specialised stain removal products that to treat red wine stains.

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