Have you ever played euchre? I live in Michigan and it is a very popular game here, but there are plenty of places that have never even heard of it. For those of you who don’t know, Euchre is a card game. When my husband and I play euchre with our equally competitive neighbors, it can sometimes get pretty heated. This particular cleaning tip is the result of one such game.
During the course of my celebrations for a hand particularly well played, I threw my hands up, accidently swiping my freshly filled wine glass off the table and onto the carpet.
The response from all four of us was actually pretty funny. We all immediately dropped what we were doing and sprang into action, each grabbing the nearest phone or tablet and googling “how to remove red wine from carpet”.
We found several recommendations, and tried just about all of the to various degrees of success or failure. I want to save you all the trouble of trying every option before landing on the one that actually works. *Please forgive the terrible quality of the photos, they were taken quite hastily with my phone.
The most important things to know are 1. A fresh stain is much easier to remove, 2. Don’t let it dry out, and 3. Blot, don’t rub!
You will need:
- Warm water
- White towels
- Hot iron
- Spray bottle (optional)
Begin by blotting with a towel to remove as much of the wine as possible.
Then saturate the stain with a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts warm water. Place a white towel over the stain then steam out the stain by ironing over it.
The red will start to lift into the towel and out of the carpet.
As the towel turns pink, either move to a clean section of towel or use a new towel. You will need to continue this process for some time, re-wetting with the vinegar mixture as needed.
Once the stain is gone, allow the area to dry thoroughly then use your hand to re-fluff the carpet. Just like new!
And once the stain was all cleaned up, rest assured, we won the game!