How can you remove a red wine stain from the flooring?
A spilt glass of wine is the fastest way to bring a party to an abrupt halt. You can also have a glass of wine at home, and someone spills it on you. There are many ways to get these stains off of wood floors or carpets. But what do you do when it happens? Keep calm. Here is the expert advice.
Soak it Up
Red wine stains are a prime example of this. The first thing you should do is soak it up fast. Remember, dab–don’t scrub. The sooner you can soak up any wine stains on carpets or wood floors, the better. It is not a good idea to let the wine soak into the carpet fibres and wood. Get a cloth to cover that stain as soon as possible.
It is important to dilute red wine stains on the carpet. However, it can be difficult. It is important to only use very little water and to blot the stain constantly with a dry, clean cloth. You shouldn’t pour too much water onto the stain. You want to reduce the amount of liquid that is causing the stain, but not enough to make it spread further.
Next Step: Removal
After you have diluted the stain by soaking and blotting the carpet, it is time to contact your carpet manufacturer. Carpet characteristics vary greatly, so your manufacturer may have specific instructions on how to treat this type of stain. You can now confidently remove the stain once you have this information.
Baking Soda Solutions
A DIY version of baking soda is a good option for stain removal. Mix water and baking soda in a paste. Use a ratio of 3 to 1 baking soda to water. Apply the paste to the stain, and allow it to dry. After the paste has dried, and ideally absorbed most of the stain, vacuum up any remaining. If there is still a stain visible, you can apply a carpet stain removal product that has been approved by the manufacturer to the affected area.
Wood Floor Woes
The process may be slightly different if the red wine spillage was on a wooden floor. Once you have soaked up any wine, use an oil soap such as Murphy’s to mix with water. Next, scrub the floor so that the stain lifts. You can also mix baking soda and mineral oil to make a paste that you apply to the stain. The paste should be removed with a dry cloth after about half an hour. You should always contact the flooring manufacturer before trying any DIY solutions on a wood floor.
Calling the Pros
Sometimes, whether the stain is on your carpet or your wood floor, there’s a chance that you may need to call in the professionals–especially if the stain has managed to set. A professional can professionally clean your carpet or replace damaged wood floors. Although it is possible that the stain did not sit for too long, this will not be necessary.
Do not let a spilt wine glass ruin your plans for a fun night or calm night. It is important to act quickly when there are spillages. The stain will usually disappear over time if you do this. For any questions regarding staining on carpets or hardwood floors, please contact your local CarpetAce. Your local flooring specialists can help you with any questions about staining your carpets or wood floors.