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And the Oscar Goes to…Your Carpet!

Photo Credit: girlingearstudio | Etsy

If you’re planning on hosting a party for the Oscars this Sunday, chances are you’re going to be serving wine during the black-tie affair. But even fancy parties come with the occasional drink spill (especially during the big reveal of Best Picture)!

This year, make sure that the red carpet stays at the Academy Awards and doesn’t make a cameo in your living room. Follow these wine stain removal tips:

You’ll need: dishtowel or clean white cloth, club soda or salt, stain remover (optional), baking soda (optional)

1. As soon as you notice the stain, blot the carpet with an absorbent dishtowel or clean white cloth to remove the excess wine. You want to soak up what you can, as soon as you can – time is not on your side!

2. As soon as you’ve soaked up the excess liquid, rinse the area with club soda to dilute the stain. The carbonation and salt in club soda will prevent the wine from setting into the carpet fibers. If you don’t have club soda handy, use cold water and a few pinches of salt.

3. Blot the stain with your dishtowel or cloth. Do not rub! Doing so will only push the stain further into the carpet fibers. Make sure to start from the outside edges and work your way in, to prevent further spreading on your carpet.

4. If you have stain remover, now is the time to grab it and apply it to your carpet. Follow the instructions on the bottle to remove the rest of the stain.

5. If the stain is especially stubborn, mix a small amount of baking soda and water together in a bowl until they form a thick paste. Apply the paste directly to the stain and allow it to dry. Then vacuum it up. Not only will this help lift any remaining redness, it will remove lingering odors, too.

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