Cleaning Expert Reveals How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpets

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.20 - 2023 8:43 AM CET

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Cleaning Expert Reveals How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpets.

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Removing red wine stains from carpets can be a daunting task, especially during the festive season when spills are almost inevitable.

Zachary Pozniak, a cleaning expert from Jeeves of Belgravia dry cleaners in New York, shared a simple yet effective method on social media to tackle this common issue. Addressing his nearly 600,000 followers on TikTok, Pozniak demonstrated how to remove red wine stains using just two ingredients: warm water and white vinegar, along with an iron and a clean towel.

To begin, Pozniak advises mixing one part vinegar with three parts warm water and applying it to the stain. The vinegar neutralizes the stain, and a clean towel is then placed over it.

Next, heat an iron and press it over the towel, which helps transfer the wine stain from the carpet to the towel.

"You don't need to press any steam into it, just let the heat do its work," says Pozniak. He suggests repeating the process with fresh towels until the stain almost disappears.

For any remaining traces of the stain, Pozniak recommends using hydrogen peroxide, an oxygenating bleach, to quickly remove any residual discoloration.

In the video, he applies hydrogen peroxide to the area and leaves it. Returning to the carpet the next day, Pozniak shows how the stain has vanished.

However, he cautions that this method may not work on all types of stains, such as those from eggs and blood. "Acids are good for removing tannin-based stains like coffee, wine, and tea," he explains, "but heat will only set protein stains like eggs, blood, and sauce because they can get 'cooked' with high temperatures

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