How To Remove Red Wine From Carpet (And Other Spillages)

How To Remove Red Wine From Carpet (And Other Spillages)

Red wine is definitely one of the more common stains we’re asked to remove.

Indeed, a quick glance at the diary reveals we’ve tackled about a dozen in the last month alone (granted, this recent increase is probably a Welsh thing – likely due to increased alcohol consumption during the six nations rugby tournament!)

I digress…

Most commonly, we find a glug of vin rouge puddled on living room carpets and rugs.

Sometimes in bedrooms.

And even in the corners of carpeted closets…

I daren’t ask.

Anyway, let’s picture the scene…

You’re there in your living room, feet up, watching the rugby, a glass of Bordeaux’s finest cradled in your lap.


How To Remove Red Wine From Carpet

Wales score and you leap to your feet and roar with excitement!

And the glass of wine…

All over your new cream carpet.

In a suspended state of shock you watch in slow motion as the wine dances from its glass, painting a devilish purple splodge on your plush new carpet.

So what do you do?

Panic sets in and you reach for the nearest towel and run it under the tap before rubbing and scrubbing vigorously.

Then, when all you’ve done is succeed in slightly lightening the colour of the stain (while spreading it over a larger area of carpet) your sense of panic deepens.

There’s nothing else for it!

You dash to the kitchen cupboard and reach for the “stain remover that shalt not be named” (but there’s 1001 names I’d like to call it).

Before you know it, you’re spraying the stain like you’d hose a raging fire, dousing it with all your might!

But something disconcerting happens…

The stain changes in colour and an angry green border appears, defiantly highlighting the perimeter of the spillage.

The original stain has morphed into something entirely different, and as you scrub away there’s no longer any hint of the red wine being transferred onto the white towel.

No amount of increasingly desperate spraying or scrubbing changes a damn thing.

You’re stuck with it. (Well, maybe not, but we’ll get onto that later).


How You Should Tackle Any Liquid Spillage

The above scenario depicts exactly what you should not do.

The first mistake was to panic and scrub the spillage. The second was to over-wet the stain. And the third was to liberally apply a shop bought stain remover.

But how should you have dealt with it?

If you Google “red wine stain removal” you’ll find all manner of suggestions and remedies.

Some are entirely sensible and err on the side of caution…

Others seem to literally suggest throwing the kitchen sink at the problem.

While many of the “twee” lifestyle type websites seem to require you have a PHD in botanical medicine and chant a mantra while waving a magic wand.

But while you may not be able to remove all traces of the stain yourself (particularly if it’s been lying in the carpet too long) here’s what you should actually do:

  1. Act quickly. At first it’s a spillage, and not yet a stain.
  2. Using a white towel or kitchen roll, press all your weight on the stain, blotting up as much as possible. This may take a few minutes but is worth the patience.
  3. Check to see if much of the stain has been transferred to the towel or kitchen roll and replace with a clean one as often as necessary. Do not be tempted to rub or scrub the stain.
  4. Once no more colour is being transferred, dab a clean towel with a small amount of water and continue blotting the stain for  few minutes.
  5. Now place another clean dry towel over the stain and weigh it down with something reasonably heavy for several hours.
  6. Assess the stain and if any colour remains, call a professional carpet cleaner.

The above process is pretty effective, and at the very least will remove the worst of the stain while causing no further damage to your carpet or making it more difficult (or impossible) for a professional to remove.

As always, if in any doubt, please do give us a call for further advice.

We don’t bite.












March News: We’re Recruiting And Expanding Into Bristol (Finally!)

March News: We’re Recruiting And Expanding Into Bristol (Finally!)

Now that our team are operating at full capacity in South Wales, we’re finally offering our upholstery and carpet cleaning service in Bristol.

Whilst we were initially hoping to expand our areas of operation in 2016, having one of our vans and equipment stolen delayed things and we decided it was best to wait until now.

The initial reaction has been fantastic and we’re already underway providing our carpet and upholstery cleaning service in the Bristol area, with tiled floor cleaning soon to follow.

Our recent expansion has meant that during the last few weeks we have also added another van to the fleet in readiness to recruit a new carpet and upholstery cleaning technician.

Recruiting the right staff is vital, and we’re extremely lucky to have technicians that continue to enhance our reputation and that have played such an important part in continuing to grow Edwards Jeffery.

To find out more about our team, and what makes us tick, click here

A Visit From The Carpet Wizzard

During February, we were delighted to welcome Mike Munns from Carpet Wizzard in Fareham.

Mike was kind enough to lend his hand and help us out on a large limestone floor cleaning job.

We first met Mike and Michelle at last years annual TACCA training day and have been following them closely as they continue to grow their carpet, upholstery and floor care business.

If you’re living on the South Coast, they should be your very first port of call for your furnishing and floor cleaning requirements!

A Court Case And Another Example Of “You Get What You Pay For”

During February we also attended court on behalf of a customer who initially chose to use another carpet cleaning company because they were slightly cheaper than us.

Unfortunately, the end result of this was that the lady was left with saturated carpets that reeked of foul bacteria just a couple of weeks before her wedding day.

Although we were able to help remove the odour, her carpets couldn’t be saved and we subsequently attended the court hearing to provide evidence in her favour.

She won, and the offending carpet cleaning company was ordered to pay for her replacement carpets and additional incurred expenses.

This example (and we’re regularly called to rectify damage caused by cheap carpet and upholstery cleaners) again highlights that you should never choose a carpet cleaning company on price.

Some key points:

  • Be sceptical of fictitious , never-ending HALF PRICE cleaning discounts.
  • Always do your research: does the company have recent positive feedback?
  • Ask what equipment they’ll be operating. If it can be rented locally, it’s not of sufficient quality or power to be classed as “professional carpet cleaning.”
  • Ask to see proof of insurance and industry training.

That’s it for now…

We’re keeping our fingers crossed that this horrible weather breaks and Spring soon arrives.

It’s been a wet, windy and cold 2017 so far and this job is so much easier when the sun is shining!