It doesn’t matter how careful you are when handling food and drink, at some point in time a spill will occur. The key thing to remember when dealing with spills on carpets is that time is of the essence; the more quickly you clean up a spill, the less likely it is to result in a stubborn stain that you just can’t shift.

Most everyday food and drink spills can be cleaned up successfully by blotting the area with a solution of warm water and washing-up liquid, but there are a couple of substances that really do require professional intervention. Read on to find out more.

Red wine

Red wine is a nightmare to shift once it soaks down into your carpet. If you had a stain protector product applied to your carpet the last time it was deep-cleaned, you have more chance of simply blotting up the spill with paper towel and warm water. However, once the wine gets down into the carpet fibres, the only way to get rid of it is to have your carpet professionally cleaned.

The two most frequently suggested DIY methods of removing red wine stains are to use white wine or vinegar. In short; don’t! Neither of these methods work and you could just end up damaging your carpet.


In the event that human or animal blood ends up on your carpets, don’t use hot water to try to clean it up. Hot water causes the haemoglobin in the red blood cells to ‘set’ and fixes the stain into the carpet fibres.

As with all spills, act as quickly as you can. Use a clean, dry, colourfast towel to blot the stain. Don’t rub the mark or you’ll cause it to spread; just allow the towel to soak up as much of the blood as possible. Soak the stain with cold water, and then blot it up as best you can.

In order to get the stain out completely, call a professional carpet cleaning company to do the job for you. They will also treat your carpet with bactericide and deodorisers to make sure that it’s left hygienic and fresh as well as clean.

In conclusion

In the event of a spill, act quickly to blot up as much of the substance as possible using paper towel or clean, colourfast towels. Don’t be tempted to use proprietary supermarket stain removers; they don’t work very well and can even damage your carpets. Instead, call out a good firm of professional carpet cleaners to do the job for you. Remember to ask them to treat your carpets with a stain protector product, just in case of future accidents!