While we might cry with you over spilled organic wine, guest blogger Gemma Tyler takes us through a few natural red wine stain removal hacks for those unfortunate moments when red wine stains your carpet.
It’s happened to us all at some point. An incredibly funny joke, a tipsy stumble, and suddenly your red wine is all over the carpet. We take it in stride at the time, but inside there is panic as you wonder how you are ever going to get it out.
Harsh chemicals from products found in the grocery store are not always as effective as you might think and they can be damaging to the environment. Instead, take some time to look at the natural solutions available – 5 of which we have here for you.
If the stain is dry, you should pour a little water on it to soak and loosen the area first. Then, absorb as much as you can, using paper towels, before sprinkling a little bit of baking soda on top of it. The stain will start to turn to a pale grey, and you should leave it overnight.
The next morning, take a cloth dipped in white vinegar and dab the area gently before vacuuming the debris. The stain should be gone, but you can repeat the process if there is still a little left. This natural wine stain removal hack is ideal for your dark red wines, like those caused by the deliciously dark GranzaTinta de Toro.
This is a very quick and simple process. All you need is some gin and a dry cloth before alternating between pouring a little gin on the stain and dabbing it with the cloth. All you need to do is repeat it a few times, and your carpet will look just fine, but if there is a very stubborn stain don’t be afraid to add a little baking soda at the end.
Dampen a clean cloth in a solution of warm water and dish soap and place it flat over the stained area. Take your regular steam iron and set it to low steam before placing it on top of the stain (and cloth) and leaving it, supervised, until it either soaks the stain into the cloth or when 15 minutes are over. If it is a large stain, or a stubborn one, you can repeat the process.
Spilled some gorgeous Inkarri Estate Bottled Malbec on the carpet? This vinegar solution could be just what you need. Take two cups of warm water and add a tablespoon each of dish washing liquid and white vinegar to the mix before stirring thoroughly. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture and dab on the affected area thoroughly to loosen the stain before rinsing with cold water. Repeat as needed.
This is best used on wet stains, although it can be used on dry stains. Simply mix some hydrogen peroxide and dish soap together before grabbing a clean cloth and soaking a corner of it in the solution. Gently dab the stain until the whole area has had the mixture applied to it, and then let it sit for a while to bring up the stain. Spray a cold and soapy solution over the area, blot with a dry cloth, and then blot with warm water to rinse. Note:Works best on light carpet colors. Test the color fastness of the carpet in an inconspicuous area first.
Natural Red Wine Stain Removal Hacks Can Really Work Wonders!
Hopefully, this guide has been helpful when it comes to giving you a few ideas for what to do when the inevitable happens. Red wine and carpets don’t mix (especially white ones), but at least one of these tips are sure to work for you. Just remember to start cleaning it as soon as you can for the best results.
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