So you were enjoying some wine at your latest dinner party and accidentally spilled some on your light-colored carpet. Or maybe your kid took some grape juice into the carpeted living room and made a mess. Accidents happen. Your first instinct is to panic, but don’t worry. There are some things you can do to try and get the offending stain out before it sets.
Address the Problem Quickly
After spilling grape juice or wine, remember that time is not on your side. The longer you let it sit there, the more entrenched into the carpet fibers and pad it will get and the more difficult it will be to remove the stain. It’s best to remove the stain when it’s still wet.
Blot as Much Liquid as Possible
Before applying cleaning solutions to your carpet and scrubbing, first you need to remove excess liquid. Using a paper towel, clean rag or wet sponge, gently blot the area. This is more effective than rubbing because it won’t force the liquid deeper into the fibers or spread out the stain. You want to confine the stain to as small an area as possible.
Apply a Cleaning Solution
You can choose to go with all-natural products or you can use store-bought chemical-based cleaners. It’s your choice. Here are some of your options.
Pour lemon juice directly onto the stain, blotting with a dry cloth. Now take a soft-bristled brush and gently brush out the stain. Add more lemon juice as needed, then rinse with cold water.
Add some white vinegar to the stain and brush the area. If you want even better results, combine the vinegar and lemon juice. If this doesn’t work, try a foam carpet cleaner.
Liquid Dish Detergent
Dish soap is an effective stain remover. Just mix up one tablespoon detergent and two cups warm water, and then place the mixture into a bowl. Using a clean cloth, apply the mixture with a blotting motion. Repeat and then rinse with water.
If this doesn’t work, mix one tablespoon liquid dish detergent with one cup hydrogen peroxide. Use the same blotting technique. Just don’t use hydrogen peroxide if you have wool carpets and always test for color fastness in an out-of-the-way area first.
Combine one tablespoon ammonia and two cups warm water, mixing thoroughly. Using a clean towel, blot the stain with this mixture. Repeat if needed and rinse the area with water.
You probably know to use club soda on a stain on clothing. It’s the same principle for carpets. Put some club soda on a clean cloth, pressing the cloth onto the stain. Don’t rub.
Call the Experts at Class Carpet Cleaning and Restoration Services at (248) 491-3088
If all else fails, call in the professionals! We can provide spot treatments to ensure those stubborn wine and grape juice stains come right out. To schedule a consultation and get a free quote, call us at (248) 491-3088 today.