Stains on a carpet happen, but it is best that you try and remove the substance causing the stain before it can set. If you have spilled red wine on your carpet, there are a number of steps that you should take to clean this before it creates a stain. It is important that you start the cleaning process as soon as possible and not allow the wine to dry because this will make it much harder to remove.
Blot The Stain Immediately
As soon as you are able, you need to start blotting at the stain. You should use a clean cloth for this and get as much of the red wine out of the carpet as possible. You must alternative the parts of the cloth that you use to blot the spill to ensure that you are using a fresh spot and the maximum amount of wine is being removed.
Add A Little Water
Once you have blotted the area, you should add a little water to the stained area. After pouring a limited amount of water directly onto the wine stain, you need to continue blotting. The water is used to dilute the wine that remains in the carpet and make it easier to blot. It is important that you not pour too much water onto the stain as this can make the stain run.
When you are blotting this diluted wine, you need to change your blotting cloth for a new one. As the cloth becomes wet, you should change it for a new one to ensure you are getting some of the wine out. You need to continue blotting the stain until you cannot remove any more.
Make A Backing Soda Paste
When you can no longer blot any of the wine out, you need to make a baking soda paste. The paste is 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. The paste will need to be applied directly to the stained area. You should then wait for the paste to dry before you vacuum the dried paste. This should remove most, if not all, of the stain from the carpet.
Apply A Carpet Stain Remover
If there is still part of the stain on the carpet, you will need to apply a store bought carpet stain remover. All of these stain removers work differently and you will need to adhere to the instructions which come with it. Typically, you will have to apply the stain remover to the affected area, wait for it to dry and then vacuum it.
If you have a white carpet, you can make a mixture of dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide instead. The mixture needs to be one part dishwashing liquid to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. You should sponge this mixture onto the stain, blot it off and then rinse the area. You should not use this mixture on a colored carpet as it will damage the colored fibers of the carpet.