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How You Should Tackle Any Liquid Spillage?

17 Oct
How You Should Tackle Any Liquid Spillage?

How You Should Tackle Any Liquid Spillage?

The first mistake was to panic and scrub the liquid spillage. The second was to over-wet the stain. And the third was to liberally apply a shop bought stain remover.

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But how should you have dealt with it?

If you Google “red wine stain removal” you’ll find all manner of suggestions and remedies.

Some are entirely sensible and err on the side of caution…

Others seem to literally suggest throwing the kitchen sink at the problem.

While many of the “twee” lifestyle type websites seem to require you have a PHD in botanical medicine and chant a mantra while waving a magic wand.

But while you may not be able to remove all traces of the stain yourself (particularly if it’s been lying in the carpet too long) here’s what you should actually do:

  1. Act quickly. At first, it’s a spillage, and not yet a stain.
  2. Using a white towel or kitchen roll, press all your weight on the stain, blotting up as much as possible. This may take a few minutes but is worth the patience.
  3. Check to see if much of the stain has been transferred to the towel or kitchen roll and replace with a clean one as often as necessary. Do not be tempted to rub or scrub the stain.
  4. Once no more color is being transferred, dab a clean towel with a small amount of water and continue blotting the stain for few minutes.
  5. Now place another clean dry towel over the stain and weigh it down with something reasonably heavy for several hours.
  6. Assess the stain and if any color remains, call a professional carpet cleaner.

The above process is pretty effective, and at the very least will remove the worst of the stain while causing no further damage to your carpet or making it more difficult (or impossible) for a professional to remove.

As always, if in any doubt, please do give us a call for further advice.

We don’t bite.

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