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In 2019, Brits are expected to spend a whopping £1 billion on Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a gift, a meal out or, increasingly, the ingredients for a romantic meal in, Valentine’s Day is big business.

Of course, the colour red has been linked to Valentine’s Day for centuries. Research has found that women and men wearing red or standing against a similarly red background in photos are seen as more attractive and sexually desirable.

So, to celebrate all that’s red about Valentine’s Day, we’ve looked at how you get those pesky red stains out of your carpet. Keep reading for your complete guide.

Important: test an area of carpet before tackling any stains

Don’t forget that whatever the spill or stain, you should always test an inconspicuous area of carpet before use – and always wear rubber gloves.

How to deal with red wine on carpet

Whether you prefer a Merlot or a Shiraz, red wine is one of the most common spillages. But, if you accidentally knock over a glass of red, don’t panic! Here’s what you should do:

  1. Blot the spill with a cloth or kitchen towel to absorb as much of the wine as you can.
  2. Apply 1001 Troubleshooter and wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  3. Massage the product into the stained area.
  4. Remove any excess liquid with a dry cloth
  5. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.

How to remove lipstick stain on carpet

As many as two in five women bought lipstick in the UK last year. And, in the run-up to Christmas 2018, Selfridges in London were selling more than 120 lipsticks every hour!

If you need to know how to remove lipstick on carpet:

  1. Scrape up any residue using a blunt knife.
  2. Blot the stain with a cloth or kitchen towel to absorb any excess liquid.
  3. Out a little white spirit on a soft cloth and dab the affected area.
  4. Apply 1001 Troubleshooter and wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  5. Massage the product into the stained area, gently wiping from outside to centre.
  6. Remove excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  7. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.

If a greasy residue persists after drying, apply white spirit with a soft cloth from the outside to the centre of the stain and follow steps 5 to 7.

How to get tomato sauce out of carpet

Whether it’s the pasta sauce from a Bolognese, or ketchup from your kids’ dinner, tomato sauce is one of those foods that can get everywhere!

So, to get tomato sauce out of carpet:

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

How to get blood out of your carpet

If the blood is dry, dampen the area with cold water and blot the stain with a kitchen towel. Keep blotting until all the residue is removed.

If the blood is wet, absorb as much of the stain as you can with a kitchen towel. Sponge the area with cold water. Blot with kitchen towel and repeat until all the residue is removed.

In both cases, take care not to overwet the carpet. You’ll then need to wait until the carpet is dry. Then:

  1. Apply 1001 Troubleshooter (wet blood) or 1001 Mousse (dry blood) and wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  2. Massage the product into the stained area.
  3. Remove excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  4. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.

How to deal with nail varnish on carpet

If you need to get nail varnish out of carpet, follow these steps:

  1. Remove any residue with a kitchen towel.
  2. Spot clean using a soft cloth with a non-oily nail varnish remover.
  3. Repeat until you’ve removed all the residue.
  4. Blot again with kitchen towel.
  5. Apply 1001 Troubleshooter and wait for up to 5 minutes.
  6. Gently massage the product into the stained area.
  7. Remove excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  8. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.

How to get strawberry or strawberry juice out of carpet

Sales of strawberries have been growing each year for a decade in the UK, with more than 80,000 tonnes of strawberries sold in 2018. To get rid of strawberries or strawberry juice on your carpet:

  1. Blot the area with kitchen towel to absorb any excess liquid.
  2. If the stain is wet, apply 1001 Troubleshooter. If the stain is dry, apply 1001 Mousse.
  3. Wait for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  4. Massage the product into the stained area.
  5. Remove any excess liquid with a dry cloth.
  6. Leave the area to dry, then vacuum.

How to deal with red wine on carpet

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