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Who doesn’t know what a pain it is trying to clean spilled red wine on your carpet?
Now imagine trying to clean red wine vomit stains out of your carpet! The very thought can give you a headache. As if the current one’s not enough! Those are darn near impossible to get rid of, not to mention the revolting smell.
(As well as the fact that cleaning doesn’t pair very well with a hangover.)
Granted, removing red wine sick out of a carpet may seem like mission impossible. But an ingenious combination of proven home cleaning liquids might just be enough to drive it away, if you know what you’re doing!
How Do I Clean Up Red Vomit on My Carpet?
A fresh stain is always easier to clean than a dry one. Pick up any solids and scrape off excess vomit with a blunt object. (A spoon would work well. I know, right?!) Do not rub the vomit, as this will only make the stain worse.
If the stain is already dry, do not rub on it aggressively since this might damage the rug. Instead, pour some cold water to dilute and help loosen up any dried bits.
Blot the area with a paper towel or cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Now, hHere’s how to clean the nasty stain itself.
1. White Vinegar and Liquid Dish Soap Solution
Vinegar is popularly known as a natural cleaner. Plus, it’s a perfect substance to get rid of the stink!
But vinegar alone would be pretty helpless against the greasy vomit of wine mixed up with your dinner. (If you’ll pardon my being a little graphic.) That’s why you’ll need dish soap too.
To make the solution, mix 1 tbsp. of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of liquid dish soap to 2 cups of warm water. Only use white vinegar because other types may stain your carpet.
Follow these steps to clean the carpet:
- Dip a clean white cloth or paper towel into the mixture and dab until the stain is gone.
- Do not rub or scrub because you may end up spreading the stain further or damaging your carpet fibers in the process.
- After cleaning, rinse the area with clean water and dry it thoroughly. Use a dry towel to blot the area dry.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Remember that hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent and may discolor your carpet, so use it with caution. Follow these simple steps:
- Mix two parts of hydrogen peroxide and one part of dishwashing soap. Use a clean cloth to apply this mixture directly to the stain.
- Wait for a few minutes for the mixture to soak into the fibers and then blot with a clean cloth or paper towel until total absorption.
- Repeat the process until all residue is gone.
- Once you have removed the stain, rinse the area with cold water and dry it thoroughly.
3. Fight Fire With Fire: White Wine and Baking Soda Solution
Baking soda is also a natural cleaner often used to remove stains. On the other hand, white wine helps break down stains. The procedure is simple:
- Pour the white wine (or vodka or club soda if you do not have it) on the stain. Use a clean cloth to blot the stain. Repeat the processes until the fabric can’t absorb any more liquid.
- Mix one part baking soda with two parts of water. Sprinkle the solution generously over the stain and let it sit overnight.
- Vacuum the carpet to remove the baking soda residue.
Bonus Step: Steam Clean for Freshness
Once you’re done with the above processes, steam cleaning will sanitize and deodorize your carpet, making it look and smell fresh again. Further, steam cleaning will lift stubborn stains, such as wine spills. Here’s how to go about it:
- Remove excess moisture with a dry towel or paper towel.
- Test your steamer on a tiny part of the carpet to see if it is safe to use on the entire carpet.
- Start at the edges of the vomit stain and work inward.
- Adjust your steamer accordingly to avoid saturating the carpet.
The rug may feel wet to the touch after, so ventilate and let it dry. Vacuum afterward for a cleaner look.
How do you get red wine vomit from carpet?
The most popular methods are using a white vinegar and dish soap solution, hydrogen peroxide solution, or a baking soda and white wine mixture. If these don’t work, contact a professional carpet cleaner.
How do you get old vomit stains from carpet?
Wet the carpet with white wine or vodka, then sprinkle a mixture of baking soda and water. Let it stand overnight and vacuum the residue.