Red wine and white carpet
A recent survey by Carpet Court revealed that people who live in Hawke’s Bay are 37.5% more likely to spill red wine on their carpets than the national average. That surprises me. I would have thought that more houses would have carpet in the cooler and earthquake-prone South Island wine regions.
Red wine is perceived as the worst stain – worse than pet poo in second place, nail polish in third, blood and paint (fourth equal) and pet vomit. My new house has black carpet allowing us to spill red wine with gay abandon.
Light grey carpet in my previous house was more of a problem. I recall managing to remove an inky Argentinean malbec by applying the following technique:
- Blot the worst of the red wine up using a dry, white cloth or paper towels.
- Mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.
- Sponge the liquid onto the wine stain.
- Blot with paper towels until the stain has gone.