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3 Quick and Easy Methods of Removing Wine Stains from your Carpets
A glass of good wine can be the perfect accompaniment to any dinner or house party. Just as your toast will always land on its buttered side, it seems like there's a rule wine follows as well - if it spills, it must spill on your pristine carpet. Frustrating. For all you fans of the good grape out there who wonder how you can clear the unsightly wine stains from carpeting, here are a couple of easy, effective methods you can use with ingredients you'll find in any kitchen.
But First Thing's First... There's one thing you need to know about wine spills - the more you let them sit on your carpet, the harder they are to clean. The moment you notice a spill, what you should do is immediately get a rag or paper towel and use it to blot up as much of it as you can. Don't use a sideways motion to do this, vertically pat the area gently yet firmly to minimize the spread of the stain. Once it begins to get harder to pick up the wine this way, pour on a little bit of cold water and continue the blotting util you can't get any more wine this way.
Now, on to the stain removal methods you can use to clear them completely:
1. Vinegar Solution Method Take a large bowl and mix in the following: a tablespoon of dish-washing soap, a vinegar spoonful, and clean cold water. Note that only white vinegar is to be used here as other types can leave their own stains. Wet a clean rag with your solution and use it to dab the stained area, allowing the solution to seep into your carpet. Using another rag, blot up the solution and the loosened wine stain. Alternate these two for about fifteen minutes. Now, take some cold water and yet another rag. Soak your rag or pour a little bi of the water on the stain to dilute it the blot up the solution with the rag. You can go back to the vinegar solution and run through the process as many times as necessary to get the stain out completely. Be patient. It works.
Of course we all love DIY tips that will help us quick to make sure a stain does't set in. However, many times there are situations where these DIY tips don't really work as well as we would like them to and we find ourselves in need of a Surprise Carpet Cleaning Company to the rescue. Give us a call today if you find any of the following tips lacking in the final results.
2. Salt Method Cover up your stain area after doing your initial dabbing up with common table salt. Salt is a good absorbent of moisture, and will gradually draw up the moisture from the carpet fibers. Remember that this will only work if the stain is still moist, so if it's starting to dry out you can add a little bit of water onto it. Allow the salt to sit until it take son a red-pink color. You don't need to rush it, you can even let the salt sit overnight if you've got the time to spare. Once this is done, you can scoop up the salt mass with a spoon and discard it. Take a vacuum and use it to suck up any loose particles remaining in your carpet fibers. Your stain should be gone completely.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide and Dish Soap Method Note: This method might only be suitable for lighter colored carpets as hydrogen peroxide has some bleaching qualities. Mix up about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a healthy squirt of your dish soap. Take a rag and wet it with your solution then use it to gently dab the stain, allowing the solution to get into the carpet. Let it so or about ten minutes so that it can sink into the carpet thoroughly. Take a spray bottle containing cold water mixed in with a little bit of soapy water and lightly spray the stained area. A fresh towel will work just fine if a spray bottle isn't available. Your stain should be looking noticeably better by now. Take some warm water and a clean rag and use the wet rag to blot up the solution until there's no residual soapiness. To finish, use a dry rag to completely eliminate any moisture remaining. You're done, and your carpet should be looking as good as new.
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