Spilling red wine on a neutral carpet can leave a permanent stain. But using the wrong product to clean it could make the stain even worse and risk completely ruining your pile. Fans of cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch have revealed their top tips for getting red wine out of carpets and rugs without using white wine.
While many Britons are aware that using white wine can lift a red wine stain, a spare bottle isn’t always to hand.
Cleaning influencer and author Mrs Hinch, AKA Sophie Hinchliffe, has garnered an impressive four million followers on Instagram, all thanks to her handy cleaning and tidying tips.
Mrs Hinch’s expertise has ignited a cleaning frenzy across social media, with fans creating groups dedicated to sharing cleaning tips and hacks.
Some of the groups have thousands of members with hundreds of comments being posted each day.
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They said: “Pouring white wine on spilled red wine is a myth…
“I was told this by a professional carpet cleaner after I did this… Water will dilute it just the same.”
Another user agreed, replying: “You’re right. I saw it on QI but old wives’ tales seem to prevail.”
Another responded: “It didn’t for me. It set the stain. If I’d have used water it would have diluted it…”
Other users recommended using soda water, cheap lemonade or cold water to get rid of the stain, while others suggested using Elbow Grease spray.
One user said: “Elbow grease got rid of the whole stain on my carpet.”
Another commented: “The yellow, Elbow Grease spray, lifted red wine from my cream rug, right before my eyes. Sold in most pound shops.”
Another said: “Soak up what you can by pressing on it and then a clean cloth and soda water.”
Another cleaning enthusiast said: “As soon as red wine spilled use cold water to sponge it up.
“I’ve done it numerous times and it works. I wouldn’t waste a bottle of white wine!”
Some users had their own unique methods which included using salt.
A user commented on the post: “I used Elbow Grease first and left for an hour or so, then Pink Stuff oxi laundry granules in boiling water.
“Came straight out but make sure you use the colours ones or it could bleach the carpet.”
Another user said: “Sprinkle salt on it and dab with a warm damp cloth.
“After it has dried, sprinkle with talc and then vacuum.”
One user simply said to cover the red wine stain in salt, leave it to soak up the liquid before then hoovering it up.