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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Number Three Most Common Rug Stain - Wine

We have a no drinks past the kitchen rule in our house.  It’s not because of Gray – he mostly drinks water.  It’s not because of Matt – he’s not clumsy like I am.  It’s because of me – because I spilled red wine on the carpet once.  According to our rug expert, Greg Henderson, I’m not alone. 

Whenever Greg offers generic advice about removing a stain from carpeting or a rug, he always gives a few caveats.  These suggestions may not work in every single situation.  Some rugs, especially those made of silk, may need to be handled by a professional.  Finally, always test any products or solutions in an inconspicuous area to make sure there will be no dye bleeding.  Here are Greg's suggestions on how to handle a wine spill:

1. As with any accident or spill, blot the area with a dry, white cloth or paper towel.  Never use anything with color or print as the dye could transfer to your carpeting or rug.
2. Get a bucket of cold, soapy water and clean the area using a clean, white cloth. Use a pH neutral detergent, such as Woolite, and be sure not to scrub or rub too firmly.
3. Thoroughly rinse the area using a clean white cloth with plain water.
4. Blot dry with a clean, dry, white towel.

Greg recommends that you exercise caution if you choose to use an oxygenating carpet spotting product.  These products are made from diluted hydrogen peroxide so if the area isn’t rinsed thoroughly, the product will continue working and eventually pull the color from your rug.  Of course, you can always do what I do in such situations – call Greg with A Cleaner World Rug Cleaning at 336-804-0045 or e-mail him at acwcarpet@earthlink.net.  He has the expertise and equipment to easily remove stubborn spills like red wine.

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