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How to remove red wine and/or blood from carpet

Elite gets called in for all sorts of emergency carpet cleaning jobs. We do our best to get to our customers as soon as we can and most of the time we can fix the problem, but we thought you might appreciate a few tips on dealing with the commonest of issues. In this series of two articles, we’ll cover a few of the main stains that cause the biggest problems. Funnily enough they’re pretty much all linked with the colour red. Here we’re talking about red wine and blood.

Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpet

What you need:

  • Paper Towel or White Cotton Cloth
  • Water
  • Wool Detergent (eg. Softly)
  • Vinegar
  • Phone

Red wine contains natural tannins, which can cause permanent staining, so you want to act as soon as possible before the stain sets in.

  1. With a white cloth or white paper towel, blot as much of the red wine stain as you can. The more you can soak up, the less you’ll have to remove.
  2. After you finish blotting, apply a small amount of cold water onto the wine stain. Doing this helps dilute what remains of the stain, making blotting a bit easier. Continue blotting until you find that no more of the stain will come out. Be careful not to over wet the affected area.
  3. Get a cup of water and add a teaspoon of wool detergent and teaspoon of vinegar. Dab the solution on to the stain and then, with the towel or paper towel, absorb the liquid starting at the outside of the stain moving into the middle. Be careful not to over wet the affected area.
  4. Sponge the area with cold water and blot dry with a white cloth or white paper towel. To help the area dry faster, point a fan directly at the stain.
  5. If the stain still remains call Elite ASAP.

Removing Blood From Carpets

What you need:

  • Paper Towel or White Cotton Cloth
  • Cool Water
  • Wool Detergent (eg. Softly)
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (20 vol)
  • Phone

Blood needs to flow freely within the body and it’s this property that makes blood removal from carpets tricky. Sometimes the stain appears to be removed but later returns once the carpet has dried.

  1. With a white cloth or white paper towel, blot as much of the stain as you can. The more you can soak up, the less you’ll have to remove.
  2. After you finish blotting, apply a small amount of cold water onto the stain. Doing this helps dilute what remains of the stain, making blotting a bit easier. Continue blotting until you find that no more of the stain will come out. Be careful not to over wet the affected area.
  3. Get a cup of cool water and add a teaspoon of wool detergent and teaspoon of vinegar. Dab the solution on to the stain and then, with the towel or paper towel, absorb the liquid starting at the outside of the stain moving into the middle. Be careful not to over wet the affected area.
  4. If the stain is still present apply a small amount of diluted Hydrogen Peroxide (1 part Hydrogen Peroxide to 10 parts cool water) Wait 10 minutes and blot dry with white paper towel.
  5. Sponge the area with cold water and blot dry with a white cloth or white paper towel. To help the area dry faster, point a fan directly at the stain.
  6. If the stain still remains call Elite ASAP