After blotting up as much of the wine as possible with white paper towels (blot – do not rub) cover it with a small mountain of baking soda. Let it sit until the wine has been absorbed – then vacuum clean.
Baking Soda Paste
Another way to use baking soda to clean up a wine stain is to make a paste out of it. Blot up as much of the stain as possible using a white towel or washcloth. Keep using clean pieces of the washcloth or towel so as not to add more wine to the rug or carpet. Then mix 3 parts baking soda to one part water and make a paste of it. Apply paste to the stain and let dry. Then vacuum up. If any part of stain remains, repeat process or use a few drops of carpet shampoo on it.
Club Soda is great for many stains, including wine stains. Blot as much of the wine stain up as possible (again – blot – do not rub), pour club soda on the stain and blot again with a white towel or white paper towels. You might need to repeat a second or third time, but the carbonation in the club soda helps to lift the stain.
Shaving Cream (Foamy)
Shaving Cream is also good for getting red wine stains out of the carpet. Blot up as much of the wine as you can, then spray a small amount of white foamy shaving cream on stained area. Work it into the stain with your fingers, the blot clean with a dampened white paper towel or towel until stain is gone.
Rinse the stain with some cold water – then make a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid and one cup of cold water. Blot the stain with this mixture using a white washcloth or towel and repeat until stain is gone.
Salt works well for fresh wine stains as well. Simply cover the stain with a small mountain of salt and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then you can simply brush and vacuum away.
One good thing about parties, where there is red wine there is usually white wine available as well. In a pinch, pour some white wine over the red wine to help dilute it and blot up with a white washcloth, towel or paper towel. Do not rub – simply blot until stain is gone. If you do not have white wine available you can try clear vodka.
Wine away is a product specifically made for this purpose. If you entertain often or have very light carpets such as white, this is a good product to have around the house. It also works on oriental or colored carpets. Simply follow the directions on the bottle. This also works well if you have tried other remedies and the wine stain still remains. Simply leave the Wine Away on the stain for about 30 minutes, then clean.
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