Home Insurance and Red Wine Carpet Stains

It’s every home owner’s worst nightmare: spilling red wine on your precious flooring. So what’s the best way to tackle the biggest floor fear of the party season?

A good home insurance policy will cover you for accidental damage – and one-off incidents like a shiraz spillage is usually included in that. Check with your home insurance provider and if your policy doesn’t cover this, think about whether it’s worth switching to a home insurance policy that does.

If your carpet’s been the victim of a red wine spill, act quickly to avoid staining. Blot it with a clean cloth to get rid of as much liquid as you can, starting at the edge of the stain and working your way in so that it doesn’t spread. Lay the cloth over the top of your carpet rather than using it to scrub it as you could work the stain into the fibres and make things worse. The old myth about throwing white wine on top of red to prevent staining does hold some truth as it can help to neutralise it and make the color easier to lift out.

Raid the cupboard for carpet shampoo or stain remover and follow the instructions carefully. If you don’t have anything to hand, you can use salt to stop the stain from taking hold while you decide what to do next – or run to the shops!

There are several products you may already have in the home that can help to remove carpet stains such as red wine. Soda water can be great at lifting the colour out so that it doesn’t stain. You could use a household detergent as long as it’s mild, especially if you have a coloured carpet as anything stronger could bleach it and show up as an uneven patch later.

Some people recommend hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover, but that can leave a lighter patch too. A more gentle alternative is to mix a tablespoon of detergent with one tablespoon of white vinegar and add two cups of lukewarm water. Apply it with a clean cloth and blot as you go.

If all else fails and you can’t get the stain out, call in the professionals. An expert cleaner should be able to use a stain remover and professional equipment to achieve a real improvement and may be able to banish the stain altogether.

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13 thoughts on “Home Insurance and Red Wine Carpet Stains

  1. Thanks for the cleaning tips. I’ve always stained some of my bed sheets, carpet, and many more. I didn’t know how to remove the stains until I read your post. I wonder about the connection of the insurance company below?

    Thanks for the post though!


  2. mix 1 teaspoon carpet shampoo (or dish soap, like Dawn) and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently blot the stain. repeat until the stain is gone, the rinse with warm water, and blot with a towel till its a dry, just dont leave it wet…

  3. Great tips for carpet cleaning… I treasure this because this is one of my problem, my daughter always stain our carpet. Thanks for the immediate tips, this will help me a lot.

  4. You may do well to bring in a professional carpet cleaner if you’re dealing with a heavily soiled carpet. They really aren’t that expensive, and they charge by the room, not by the stain, you’ll save yourself a lot of work.

  5. Hi Valentine,

    Stained carpets are nightmare to us mothers! Cleaning it before is like climbing mount Everest. This tips of yours really helps us a lot! Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Very useful tips! I’ve been having this kind of problems all the time. This would help me clean my old carpets. Please post other tips like this.

    Thanks for the tips.

    Anya Ty

  7. We are not using carpet in our house because its so hard to remove the stain..Thanks for sharing some tips..I can use this someday..

  8. Oh really, the soda water can is okay with lifting the colour out so that it doesn’t stain? I better try it the moment I’ll have that issue with my carpet.

  9. Some good tips! But I strongly urge one to never ever use “soda water” for treating a stain. I installed flooring (carpet included) for over 16 yrs. I have seen almost every type of stain at one point or another. All the tips in the above mentioned are ok but with one exclusion…SODA WATER SHOULD NEVER BE USED TO NEUTRALIZE OR HELP REMOVE ANY TYPE OF STAIN ON ANY MATERIAL OR CARPETING, PERIOD! Soda water like all soda contains high levels of sugar. Even your diet sodas have an equivalent to sugar. What happens when soda has made contact with anything…IT GETS VERY STICKY! Of course it could be cleaned up well afterwards but there will most likely be traces remaining. It may look well for a short period of tim but eventually that area will attract anything and everything that comes in contact with it. Thus turning your cleaned are once again into a now greyish brownish dark ugly rough textured spot!
    The best product on the market, for the non-professional is called Tec. You can find it at many hardware stores, True Value and Home Depot always has it. I personally swear by it. I have cut myself along with many of my employees installing carpeting. And of course ended up getting blood on the carpet. A little Tec cleaner and a clean cloth soaked in cold water and abra cadabra….STAIN IS GONE! I sugggest anyone who has carpet or kids for that matter should buy some for their home. It is used for stubborn laundry stains as well. They also have Tec Wipes out now too!
    Good Luck,
    Brian (The Floor Man)

  10. As a Canadian, you right winged Americans floor me being the only 1st world conurty that does not tend to the health and well-being of its citizens. Don`t even get me started on the right winged propaganda that is shoved down your throats about how our Canadian health care system is apparently broken and flawed . Newsflash folks it works extremely well for us. You don`t see individual Canadians going bankrupt or in massive debt because they can`t pay their medical bills and EVERYONE gets medical care no, there are no waiting lines, we choose our on doctors etc .But yet you think nothing of spending trillions upon trillions of dollars on war in far away lands ..Go figure. America sure does have its priorities straight now doesn`t it folks!!References :

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