We’ve all had those awful ‘oops’ moments around the home when something is dropped, spilled and even splattered across our lovely décor.

Whether it’s red wine on the carpet, chocolate on the sofa or felt-tip on the walls, these messy moments make your heart leap into your mouth and time suddenly slow down as you see your carefully selected carpet, rug, furniture or wallpaper ruined before your very eyes.

We’re putting a little positivity into these soul-destroying situations by giving you the chance to win £500 of Carpetright vouchers, simply by sharing your home-related horror stories. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow us on Twitter, and use the form at the bottom of this page to tell us your messiest moment!

Once you’ve done that, have a read of our top tips to remove some of the most common household stains, so next time disaster strikes, you’ll know exactly what to do… 

How to get a red wine out of carpet

A rubber gloved hand blots red wine stain on carpet with a cloth

It’s an age old problem that just keeps happening – the dreaded red wine stain. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world, there are a few ways to remove red wine from carpet and this is our favourite.

  1. Dab (don’t rub) the stain with a dry cloth until it has absorbed all the wine it can
  2. Pour a little water on the stain to wet it and dab again until you’ve taken up as much of the stain as possible
  3.  Make sure the stain is wet by adding a little more water, then pour salt over the stained area
  4.  Leave the salt overnight to draw out the moisture and with it, the red wine
  5.  Hoover up the salt to reveal the clean carpet underneath.

 For more tips about how to keep your carpet looking great, take a look at our handy Carpet Aftercare Guide.​ 

How to remove chocolate stains from upholstery

Young girl covered in chocolate and licking it off her fingers

 We all love snuggling up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate, but any tiny piece that’s dropped instantly melts to the upholstery and looks like it’s there to stay. image

  1. Scrape off the excess chocolate – don’t scrub or rub as this will make the stain worse
  2. Make a solution of one tablespoon of washing up liquid and two cups of cool water
  3. Use a clean cloth to dab the stain with the solution until it fades and eventually disappears.

How to get felt-tip marks off walls

a young boy and girl drawing on a white wall

So, the kids have treated you to a one-of-a-kind, work of art… all over your nicely painted wall? Take a deep breath and try using baby wipes to remove the pen marks. If that still leaves faded stains, try lightly scrubbing with a toothbrush and toothpaste – toothpaste is slightly abrasive so if it can clean your teeth, it can probably clean your wall!  

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Browse our inspiration and advice section to get other useful tips on how to clean rugs, remove coffee stains and more.