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How to Clean Up Red Wine Stains Off the Carpet After Being Sick

Whether it’s a special occasion or a casual get together with family, friends, and loved ones, there’s always a chance that someone gets sick from having a few too many or just not feeling well on the day. Whatever the case may be, the last thing you’ll want as a reminder is a red wine vomit stain on your carpet floor. To quickly remove and have your carpets looking pleasant again, here are the steps you should follow:

What Items Do I Need?

Apart from a strong stomach, what you need are the following:

  • A bucket
  • Paper towels
  • A plastic bag
  • Rubber gloves
  • A scraper (an old knife or paint scraper will do or something similar. If you have nothing else, then use an old cardboard box cut into pieces to use as a scooper
  • A dustpan
  • Some baking soda (bi-carb) or cornflour
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Clean white microfibre cloths

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How to Get Red Wine Vomit Off Carpet

Put on the gloves to cover your hands to protect them from the red wine spew and any germs. Then scrape up as much of the vomit as you can using the scraper and either put it into the dustpan or the plastic bag. You can also pick it up with the paper towels, and put the towels and vomit into the plastic bag. Then take the scraper and get as much excess vomit up and do the same, either put it in the dustpan and into the bag or use the paper towels. You then sprinkle lots of baking soda all over the stain to soak the rest up and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. After it has soaked up the red wine vomit, you can vacuum up the baking soda.

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Now for any Red Wine Vomit Stains

First, some tips:

  • Never Rub: No matter how you get the chunky or slimy vomit off the carpet, never use an old hand towel or paper towels to get the first lot off because you could rub the red wine deeper into the carpet fibres instead.
  • If Moisture or Vomit Goes Deeper: This is not good because it makes it much harder to clean. Slide a piece of cardboard (or a paint scraper or spatula with no holes in it) underneath the puke, and it can stop it from going deeper into the carpet.

To get rid of the red wine stain and complete the process you mix a tablespoon of the white vinegar with a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid (not the one for the dishwasher) and two cups of warm water in the bucket.

Take a cloth and sponge the area with the mixture and keep blotting it (again, don’t rub or push it down into the carpet) until the moisture is removed. When you think the red wine stain has gone, sponge the area with cold water to remove the detergent solution.

With a dry cloth, you can then blot the area dry, but as mentioned, try not to press down, or you’ll push the moisture deep into the carpet and make drying it more difficult. The object of the process is to soak up the liquids rather than sending them deeper.

Next, use more baking soda (or cornstarch if you have no bi-carb) to soak up the remaining moisture. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then vacuum it up. Your carpet should look and smell cleaner and stain-free.

Clean up the Rest

Wipe the scraper and dustpan and put them in the laundry tub. You can wash them later with antibacterial detergent or bleach if you prefer. If you used cardboard as a scooper, throw the pieces into the plastic bag with the paper towels and dispose of them in the garbage bin.

If you still have a stain from the red wine, or you feel that the whole carpet needs a good clean, get in touch with the professional carpet cleaners at My Home. We’ve beautifully cleaned off a range of severe carpet stains in many homes all across Australia. We’ll help get your carpets looking fresh and vibrant as they were when you first bought them, so contact us to get rid of your carpet stains today! Simply call 13 22 31 or read more on our carpet cleaning services page.