It’s bound to happen at some point if you host enough parties: someone spills red wine on your Kennewick carpet. Whatever your response is to the incident, you do not need to immediately panic—that red wine has some weaknesses. You actually have quite a few options available before you require professional carpet cleaning services, some which involve using materials you will have at home already. Read on to get our tips, useful whether you are reading this right after the incident happened or you are having friends over later and want to be prepared.

Before you do anything else: Blot the stain.

Get a paper towel or clean cloth to press on to the stain, which will help to absorb some of the wine immediately—do not rub it. Rubbing might push the wine deeper into the carpet, the last thing you want to happen.

#1: Put some salt on it

This is the option to use if time is of the essence. If you don’t have time for anything else, pour salt onto the stain to get some of the wine absorbed until you have more time. Baking soda can also work. Once your guests are gone, vacuum up the salt and head on to one of the other options.

#2: Use club soda, lukewarm water, and dish soap

Pour club soda onto the stain and blot it with another clean cloth or paper towel. The carbonation and sodium of the soda acts to absorb the wine. Then, if there is any part of the stain remaining, mix a bit of dish soap with lukewarm water and use that to blot the remainder. (A mixture of half water, half glycerine may also work.) If the stain is proving to be difficult, a bit of hydrogen peroxide added to the mix can do the trick—just test it on a discrete part of the carpet to make sure it will not cause the colour to run or fade.

#3: Try a little white wine or vodka

While it may not be your preferred way to use your favourite white wine, pouring it on to a red wine stain and blotting it can help to keep the stain from spreading and lift it out of the carpet. Vodka could do the trick, too.

#4: Use white vinegar, water, and dish detergent

Here’s a recipe for you. Take one-third of a cup of white vinegar and two-thirds of a cup of water, mix them together and pour them on the stain, then blot. Mix one-quarter of a teaspoon of bleach- and lanolin-free dish detergent with four cups of water, then add a bit to the stain, by spraying or pouring it. Gently blot it, then keep adding more of the dish detergent mix a little bit at a time, stopping to blot it after each addition until the stain is gone. When you want to get the soap out of the carpet at the end, you can spray water and blot it afterwards. Dry the carpet quickly by placing a towel on it and a heavy item such as a book on top for an hour. If this method does not get rid of the stain completely, you can dip your towel in the mixture from Option #5 below and let it sit under the weight for an hour, then blot.

#5: Mix carpet shampoo and hydrogen peroxide

For this one, mix one teaspoon of carpet shampoo and one cup of peroxide, then dip a sponge into the mix and blot the stain repeatedly until it is gone. Put warm water on the treated area at the end and blot it with a clean towel.

#6: Commercial products

Stores that sell cleaning products will have cleaners specifically for wine or general stain removal. Wine Away is one option, useful for both fresh and old stains. Since it is a water-based product, you should test it on a small area in case your carpet works best with solvent-based products. Follow the instructions on the package if this is your first stain removal method, but if you have tried other methods already you can let the Wine Away sit on the stain for twenty to thirty minutes. Then, blot it and let it dry, and repeat the process if necessary. Another commercial product you can use is Scotchgard Oxy Carpet & Fabric Spot & Stain remover, which helps with removing stains, preventing the carpet from getting stained again, and eliminating odors.

Whichever method you end up using, remember to first blot the stain with a paper towel or clothe as soon as you can. And if you have a tough stain or a delicate carpet, after you do that initial blot give us a call. Continental Carpet Cleaning has the professional tools, products, and workers that you need.