House Cleaning Tips – How to remove red wine
House Cleaning Tips – How to remove red wine.
We always enjoy sharing our house cleaning tips with our clients and readers as we come across so many different scenarios during our numerous house cleaning projects, however, getting rid of red wine stains seems to be our most popular requests.
I’m not sure if that’s because our clients drink a lot of red wine or because they struggle to get rid of problems when they are carrying out the house cleaning tasks that we might usually do, or maybe it’s down to the more you drink the more you might spill. I will leave that one out there for you to decide.
The most important point in my experience is to react as quickly as possible. It’s no use carrying on the drinking or the dinner party as if nothing has happened, you need to take action and quick! Believe me from first hand experience, if you ignore the problem until the next morning, you will be greeted with a dried in almost permanent looking carpet stain if you leave it. That may be tolerable to some, if it’s in a very discreet, unseen area, but if its right in the middle of your lounge, it won’t be a pretty sight and may bug you for weeks and months ahead.
Ok, so you agree you need to take action, fast. If you delay in dealing with this matter, then you will probably need to call in the carpet cleaners, or put a piece of furniture over the carpet stain, to conceal it. If you leave it for several days without doing anything, then maybe a new carpet may be required.
Forget salt, it doesn’t really do it. The first thing to do, is to blot the stained areas with dry kitchen paper towels, soaked with soda water, then blot again with more dry paper. Repeat the process, then sponge with soapy water and blot dry again. Repeat as appropriate.
Removing red wine stains from carpets: If the carpet stain persists, clean with carpet shampoo and rinse well. We find its better to shampoo before the stain dries, so again, try to be as quick as you can.
From fabrics: If blotting is not enough, wash as normal, with warm soapy water. Stubborn marks can be treated with a proprietary stain remover. If the fabrics are removable and machine washable, get them in to the washing machine as soon as possible
The water, vinegar and soap method is best applied immediately after blotting the red wine stain with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. Next, combine one tablespoon of washing soap or detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups lukewarm water. Some stain removal experts suggest first applying soapy water and then applying a vinegar and water solution. Apply the water, vinegar and soap mixture to the stain using a clean towel. Blot the stain with a clean, dry towel as you go. Once the stain is gone, blot the area using a clean rag with cold water. Finally, blot the area once again with a clean, dry cloth.
As standard, in all these house cleaning situations, always check manufacturer’s instructions first. Always try a test patch on an inconspicuous area first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, always take professional house cleaning advice