The festive season is well and truly upon us! With indulgent food and delicious drinks flowing, stains are unfortunately inevitable. However, with the help of the 1001 Christmas Dream Team, stains and odours will be a thing of the past. With this dreamy duo, you’ll be able to tackle them quickly and easily so you can spend more time with the family! This week, we will be sharing our top tips and tricks for combatting all your worst Christmas spillages, starting with the festive favourites: Mulled Wine and Mulled Cider (and pesky red wine on carpet!)

We love warming up a winter night with a hot beverage. A spicy mulled wine, or delicious sweet cider is the perfect accompaniment to a cuddle on the couch. Until you spill it, that is… But don’t let a spill become the bah-humbug to your holiday season! Your Christmas Dream Team has just what you need to deal with apple cider or red wine on carpet. With stains sorted, all you have to do is decide which you like more!


Mulled Wine

Whether you call it gluhwein or mulled wine, we bet you can’t get another of this citrusy, spicy winter drink! It’s perfect for your après ski or your winter movie watch.

The Recipe

  • 150g white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange (or more to taste!)
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 bottle red wine


Heat up the sugar, water and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Bring to boil then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cut your orange into quarters, and partially squeeze the juice into the saucepan. Then stick the cloves into the peel of the oranges, add to the pot and simmer until thickened (about 30 minutes).


Pour in the wine, carefully (to avoid red wine on carpet!). Heat but don’t simmer, and then pour into warmed glasses to avoid breaking. You can add slices of orange as decoration, but the orange quarters should be left in the pot. 

The Pros & Cons (What’s worse than Red Wine on Carpet?)

Does anything warm your hands (or your spirits) quite like mulled wine? We don’t think so! We like to think of it as a wintery take on Sangria, especially if you love the hints of citrus. 


But, there are a few cons to mulled wine. Firstly, it’s hard to find a nice tasting non-alcoholic wine for those that don’t partake or are driving. Also, if you haven’t ever noticed…it’s easy to get ‘wine mouth’ a few drinks in. 


Worse than the stains on your mouth are the stains caused by red wine on carpet. They’re a hazard of holiday cheer! Luckily, the 1001 Christmas Dream Team has your back.


How to Deal with Red Wine on Carpet


Red wine on carpet can stain like no other. As soon as you spill, just reach for your Christmas Dream Team: 1001 Carpet Stain Remover and Carpet Fresh Frosted Winter Berries!


If there’s red wine on your carpet (or your couch), simply:


  1. Blot the area with kitchen towel to absorb any excess liquid.
  2. Apply 1001 Carpet Stain Remover and wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  3. Massage the product into the stained area.
  4. Remove excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  5. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.


Once the carpet is clean and dry, give a generous spray of Carpet Fresh Frosted Winter Berries. It’ll give you a fresh seasonal scent that lasts hours!


Hot Apple Cider


What we love about hot apple cider is that it’s like drinking an apple pie. (Especially if you top it with whipped cream!) However, its sticky sweetness isn’t great for your carpets or soft surfaces…

The Recipe


  • 1.5L apple cider or apple juice
  • 60mL real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips 
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips


Start warming the apple juice or cider in a saucepan with the maple syrup. Wrap up your spices in cheesecloth to make a bundle, or use a large tea ball. Warm but don’t boil. You’ll know it’s ready from the smell!

How to Deal with Apple Cider on Carpet


Although it’s slightly easier to deal with than red wine on carpet, if a few cider spills escaped your notice, don’t worry! To clean up apple cider, follow these directions: 


  1. Blot the stain with kitchen towel to absorb any excess liquid.
  2. Apply 1001 Carpet Stain Remover and wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  3. Massage the product into the stained area.
  4. Remove excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  5. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.


Always test an inconspicuous area of carpet before use, and always wear rubber gloves. For an extra burst of winter-time freshness, spray of Carpet Fresh Frosted Winter Berries! It’s the original carpet refresher, and doesn’t require vacuuming to use. 


Need More Tips for Erasing Red Wine on Carpet?


Whether it’s because the stain has dried, or you just want other carpet cleaning tips, we’re your team! (Your Christmas Dream Team that is.) We’ll be giving tips and advice for Christmas-related stains all month. To hear the latest, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tik Tok.

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The Christmas Dream Team Tackles: Red Wine on Carpet