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Carpet Cleaning | 4 Simple Steps to Eradicate Dried Red Wine Stains From Carpets

Hosting a party can be a lot of fun, but it inevitably brings a few evils along with it, like food and wine spills on your precious carpet. Red wine stains that have dried up are infinitely harder to remove, but that doesn't mean it is impossible — especially if you know what to do. Carpet cleaning for dried red wine stains is a slightly longer process than a fresh stain, but these steps will help you eradicate the stain for a refreshed carpet look. At every step of the process, be sure to blot the stain without rubbing, because rubbing will push the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.

Gather the Cleaning Materials

For the carpet cleaning process, you'll need non-bleach detergent, hydrogen peroxide, a white cloth, paper towels, a spray bottle, shaving cream, towels and water. Make sure you use a non-bleach and non-ammonia detergent because these ingredients can cause your carpet to discolour.

Prepare and Spray Cleaning Solution

Mix non-bleach detergent, hydrogen peroxide and cold water in a spray bottle — the combination of these cleaning agents will break through the red wine stain more easily. Before starting the process of red wine carpet cleaning, be sure to test an inconspicuous area on the carpet to check that no damage or discolouration takes place on the carpet fibres. Spray this cleaning solution directly on the red wine stain and use a paper towel or white cloth to blot the stained area. Work from the outer edges of the stain toward the inside to prevent the stain from increasing. Since the red wine stain has already dried, you will have to repeat this process a few times before you start to see the stain lighten.

Apply Shaving Cream with Water

Mix some shaving cream with water and apply the mixture on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and blot with a paper towel. The stain will start becoming lighter and will eventually disappear. Once the stain has disappeared, use a plain wet cloth or towel dipped in cold water to remove the shaving cream from the carpet. The shaving cream step and the detergent solution step can be performed multiple times to eliminate the stain.

Let the Carpet Dry

To get your carpet to dry as soon as possible, you can use a hairdryer to quicken the process. This will also help you identify whether the stain has been completely removed. Otherwise, let your carpet dry for as long as possible before letting your family step on it.

If all your efforts haven't worked, be sure to call a professional carpet cleaning company to get rid of the dried red wine stain.