Red and White Wine
Two different wines = two different techniques
Step #1: Blot up the Red Wine stain on your carpet using paper towels. Apply new paper towels and continue to blot until no more Red Wine transfers to the paper towels.
Step #2: Neutralize the stain with Tonic Water and blot until there is no moisture on the paper towels.
Step #3: Apply a small quantity of cleaner to the stain. (To make the cleaner solution – mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent such as Dawn® or Joy® with a large cup of water) Use a blotting motion to work the cleaner into the affected area. If the stain is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until the stain is gone.
Step #4: If the stain is still there, flush with water to remove the cleaner, blot with paper towels and then let this stain rest until the next day. At this point the carpet fiber needs to rest and dry. You have done a great job in preparing for step #5 the next day.
Step #5: The next day, if the stain is still there: You are going to use a very common household product of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Moisten the stained area with the Hydrogen Peroxide (using a spray bottle) and let it stand for one hour. Repeat this one hour later if necessary. If any staining remains – Agitate, rough up the area with a paper towel, spray once again and then put a folded paper towel on the stain and a weight like a brick on top of the paper towel and let stand until the next day.
NOTE: Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
White Wine: The only thing that changes from the steps listed above is Step #2 and Step #3
Step #2: Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tbsp. each of dish washing liquid and white vinegar.
Step #3: Alternate between blotting the white wine stain in your carpet with a sponge dampened with the vinegar and detergent solution and dabbing at it with a dry cloth. Continue to alternate between cleaning and drying until you see the white wine stain lift.