The first mistake made by most people is to panic! The second is to scrub the spillage! The third is to over-wet the area! And fourth to liberally apply one shop bought stain remover after another!
How should you deal with it?
If you Google ‘red wine stain removal’ you’ll find all manner of suggestions and remedies.
Some are extremely sensible; others seem to literally suggest throwing the kitchen sink at the problem.
While some of the ‘hip’ lifestyle websites or ‘cleanfluencer’ Instagram and Facebook posts seem to offer you many number of so called solutions, some of them require you to either have a PHD in chemistry or suggest you wave a magic wand, while standing on your head and counting to ten in Chinese.
But while you may not be able to remove all traces of the spillage yourself (particularly if it’s been lying in the carpet too long) here’s what you should actually do:
1. Act quickly. At first, it’s a spillage, and not yet a stain.
2. Using a white towel or kitchen roll, press all your weight on the spillage, even standing on the towel to blot up as much as possible. This may take a few minutes but is worth the time and patience.
3. Check to see if much of the spillage has been transferred to the towel or kitchen roll and replace with a clean one as often as necessary. Do not be tempted to rub or scrub the stain.
4. Once no more colour is being transferred, dab a clean towel with a small amount of water and continue blotting the stain for few minutes.
5. Now place another clean dry towel over the stain and stamp on it again, even adding a something heavy on top of the towel for a while to absorb as much of the spillage as possible.
6. Assess the spillage area afterwards and if any colour remains, call a professional carpet cleaner.
The above process is pretty effective, and at the very least will remove the worst of the spillage while causing no further damage to your carpet or making it more difficult
(or impossible) for a professional to remove.
Gerrards leave all our customers a free bottle of our professional stain remover after each job. If you have one of these follow the instructions above numbers 1 to 5 and then use the spray following the instructions on the label very carefully.
As always, if in any doubt, please do call us on 01942 864474 for further advice.