Let us set the scene: You’re enjoying a nice glass of red wine on your beautifully clean carpet. And just as you start to think, “Life can’t get any better,” you knock the glass over. As if in slow motion, the deep red starts flowing onto the creamy whiteness of your plush carpeting.
Do. Not. Panic. We always think that spilling on our carpets or rugs is the near end of the world, but let us assure you, it is not.
Take red wine, for example. To remove the offender from your carpet — according to this comprehensive infographic from COIT, a supplier of specialty cleaning and disaster restoration services in San Francisco — blot as much of the stain as you can. Then mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Dip a sponge into the mixture and apply directly onto the stain.
The infographic covers all kinds of messes from paint and grease to coffee and blood (though we don’t want to know about that one).
COIT also demonstrates how carpet cleaning doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For instance, basic maintenance involved water and vinegar, totaling 10 cents. Although, periodic professional carpet cleanings are advised to keep your floors in good condition.