Valentine’s day brings celebrations of love and romance and an excuse to bring out the bubbly.
A quick bump of the glass and Champaign finds its way into the carpet. It is a common misconception that because Champaign is clear it wont stain the carpet but to the contrary the alcohol in Champaign can leave behind a brown stain. Here are some spot cleaning tips if you find yourself with a Champaign spill.
For a fresh Champaign stain grab some clean white towels or paper towels and some club soda.
First soak up as much of the spill as possible with the clean towels. Soak a sponge in club soda and blot working from the outside of the stain inward until the stain is fully gone. Make sure to use club soda rather than seltzer because club soda contains slat. The salt in the club soda will prevent any lingering alcohol from staining the carpet. If you don’t have any club soda try seltzer to lift the initial stain and follow with mild dish soap and warm water. When the stain has been successfully removed cover with clean towels to soak up any moisture still in the carpet.
For an older Champaign spill there are a number of things that can be tried to lift the stain left in the carpet. Soak a sponge in club soda and clean the same way as if the spill had just happened. If that does not work after blotting the moisture from the carpet move on to trying a mixture of mild dish soap and water. If the stain remains after a rinsing the dish soap with water try a sponge with a mixture of one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to 6 parts water and a small squirt of dish soap. Do not apply hydrogen peroxide to carpet without testing on an inconspicuous spot as it can bleach colors. After trying the hydrogen peroxide mixture try vegetable glycerin and water on a sponge. If none of these spot treatments have worked open up the windows in your home to allow for ventilation and use 2 tablespoons of ammonia in one cup of water and blot from the outside working in the same way as with the other solutions.
In some cases you may not be able to remove the stain on your own. This is the time to call acarpet cleaning professional they may be able to work some magic and get the stain out of the carpet.