Wine stains on rug

It’s nice to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, or perhaps just to relax in the evening, but a red wine stain can ruin the beauty of your Oriental rug. Red wine can form a very persistent and hard-to-remove stain, so it’s important to begin treating the spill as quickly as possible; the longer you wait, the more difficult the stain will be to remove.

 

Act Fast

The big secret to removing red wine before it has a chance to set as a stain is to act fast. There are several ways that can help to remove wine from your Oriental rug:

  • Blot up as much as the wine as you can with a clean cloth or paper towels. Do not rub; this will only force the wine into the pile and backing.
  • Once you have blotted up as much wine as possible, flush the spot with cold water, alternating between the water and blotting.
  • If some red wine still remains, mix white vinegar and dishwashing liquid in 2 cups of warm water. Soak a cloth in this solution and use this to remove more wine. Use a blotting motion again, and rinse the cloth once it has taken on some of the stain.

Use Only Safe Cleaning Methods

Because Oriental rugs are usually made with natural fibers such as silk or wool, and often use natural dyes (especially as regards antique rugs), you will have to exhibit care when choosing a cleaning agent. Baking soda solutions or hydrogen peroxide could not only damage the fibers, but they could also bleach out the color. If you have any doubts about removing red wine from your rug, do not hesitate to call NYCleaners for professional care.

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