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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