Having red wine spilled on your carpet can be stressful and upsetting regardless of how it happened. This is especially true if your carpet is light in colour. However, it happens to many people every day and is a very common stain. By following these three steps, you can deal with it quickly and effectively.
Try a Home Remedy
If you search online, you'll find a range of remedies for red wine stains. Some of these work and others don't. The first step in any remedy is to blot up as much of the wine as possible without rubbing it further into your carpet. Then, as Today explains, apply your remedy. Everything from club soda to rubbing alcohol has had success in treating red wine stains, but baking soda is one of the most typically used. However, if your carpet is particularly important to you (for example, if it's brand new or a valuable antique) or if the stain is going to be really difficult to hide, you may want to consider calling in the professionals for their opinion.
Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned
Perhaps you're worried about making the stain worse when trying to fix it, or maybe the stain feels too large to fix on your own. In these cases, you should call a reliable local carpet cleaner for a professional carpet cleaning. Professional cleaners will not only have a better idea of whether your carpet can be saved but will also be used to dealing with stains and will have better steaming equipment that can remove deep stains. As Today Magazine suggests, you should get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to keep them free of dirt and bacteria. If yours haven't been done for a while, you should make an appointment anyway.
Prevent It From Happening Again
A red wine stain can be really stressful, so you'll want to do everything you can to prevent it from happening again. How you can do that depends entirely on how the original stain happened. For example, if your child or dog knocked your glass over, try only breaking the wine out when they're not around. If you put it on the carpet and then knocked it over, think about getting a table next to your sofa for your wine. If you were hosting a party, there are lots of potential solutions, including serving only non-staining drinks next time. However, Practically Spotless suggests that using wide-base, stemless glasses can go a long way towards preventing spills at parties.
However you choose to fix your red wine stain, whether you fix it yourself or call in the services of professional carpet cleaners, you can feel proud of yourself for dealing with the issue and take steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.