It’s one of those dreaded moments: knocking a glass of red off the table with the dawning realisation that it’s going to stain your new carpet or antique rug.
If you act fast, however, it might not be as bad as you think…
Soak it up
The wine, not the situation – that could waste valuable time. With a cloth or kitchen towel, blot as much of the red wine stain as you can.
Add cold water
Pouring a bit of cold water directly onto the stain helps to dilute what has already soaked into the carpet. More blotting should remove more of the stain.
Add a baking soda mix
Assuming you have baking soda to hand, prepare a mix three parts water to one part baking soda and apply to the affected area*.
Once the mix has dried, vacuum the affected area thoroughly.
If you don’t have any baking soda in your house, you can always use white vinegar and washing up liquid. Prepare a mix of two cups of warm water with a tablespoon each of vinegar and washing up liquid. Dip a sponge into the mix and apply to the stain until it has been removed.
Another alternative is to apply cheap lemonade to the stain, which neutralises the tanning.