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Irvine Carpet Cleaning: Red Wine Stains

Irvine Carpet Cleaning: Red Wine Stains

Lots of homes in Irvine, an upscale, planned community, were built with plush white carpet that looks great, but really shows the spills and splashes, with red wine being one of the major culprits. We know, because we have treated hundreds of homes for that very problem, so we can sympathize. What to do? There are many ways to deal with red spills, and we are experts in virtually every one of them.

Here’s the scenario:  The party was a success, with the guests mingling, the wine flowing, and the BBQ piping hot. And then, the inevitable, a large glass of red wine was knocked off the table onto the beautiful white carpet! What should you do first?

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Your best tool for quick and successful removal of a liquid spill is a Shop-Vac or wet-dry vacuum. Yes, that dusty thing that’s hiding in the garage. You’ll be amazed at how well this tool will work in getting rig of a lot of common spills that happen on your carpet. Often it’s as simple as just vacuuming up the liquid spill and then using a small amount of plain water to get the rest. Then dab it with a cotton or paper towel and you’re done.

If this didn’t work or you’re dealing with an old spill it may be necessary to give us a call. We have many tools at our disposal. One of the best ways to take care of the problem is the traditional heat transfer method. That requires blotting the stain as quickly as possible to remove as much of the liquid as you are able. When we arrive we will apply a product specially designed for removing organic dyes and will then put a damp cotton towel over the stain and use heat (generally a steam iron) to lift the stain out of the carpet and into the towel fibers. This will often take several applications, but the result is generally quite effective.

The most important point is to get to the stain as quickly as possible, ideally before it dries. There is also a difference as to whether the stain is organic or synthetic. Organic stains such as red wine, coffee and other items from nature usually need an oxidizing agent to help remove the stain, along with an iron and damp towel. Care needs to be exercised with oxidizing agents since they can actually bleach carpet fibers if not used correctly.

Synthetic stains such as Kool-Aid, medicines, cosmetics, and colored fruit drinks (not natural fruit juices) require a reducing agent to get rid of the stain. Both organic and synthetic stains can be removed if treated quickly and with the right product, using the correct method. It is generally advisable to have a company that is very experienced with these problems come and treat the spill.

So what of the red wine spill on the white carpet in the home in Irvine? We went there, treated the spot, and rescued the carpet, making it look good as new. Our client was thrilled, and we were happy that we could make things right again for her.

If you have a spill or a spot you need help with, give Zerorez a call. We are here to help and we are experts in problems like red wine spills. Call us at 949-387-2222 if you have a problem or simply a question. We are here to help. You can also find us on the web at www.zerorezsocal.com.