How To Remove Red Wine Stains From Your Carpet In 4 Simple Steps

Gladys K. Connelly
As a HouseKeeping Technical Writer, Gladys actively enjoys writing guides and tips about housekeeping for Thehousewire's audience. She's a professional housekeeping specialist with just shy of 9 years' experience to boast. That, combined with seven years prior experience in teaching, helps her create content that is both captivating and insightful.
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Updated May 21, 2023
How To Remove Red Wine Stains From Your Carpet In 4 Simple Steps

Whining about wine stains on the carpet?

You’re not alone.

Households all across the world have taken one too many spills, and it only means your night was quite eventful.

I’ve been on this floor and carpet cleaning business for nine years… I’d know. But now it’s time to scrub that stain away until your rug looks good as new.

Best part? Cleaning wine stains out of carpets might be easier than you think…and not too much hassle.

Below you’ll find four easy steps that outline the process for getting those tough stains a sip of their own medicine— but time is of the essence… so let’s get started.

What You’ll Need

1.First Thing’s First

Timing is crucial for wine stains, making every stain is a different animal.

If you’re reading this after having just moments ago spilled wine, be sure to grab some paper towels, wet them with cold water, and blot the stained area (don’t blot with only one towel for too long— you always want to blot with a fresh side), and then spread out some salt on the area.

Vacuum the salt after an hour or so and you can move on to the next section.

If you are only noticing the stain after quite some time has passed, begin the process by saturating the affected area with hot water, and then applying either a pre-treatment spot remover, carpet stain remover, or an oxygen-based cleaner.

Once applied, leave it on for anywhere up to two to ten hours.

2.After Blotting The Stain And Spreading The Salt…

So, you’ve now blotted the stain and spread some salt.

It’s time to add water to the affected area on the rug and continue blotting again.

This time, use a dry paper towel or clean white cloth.

3.Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda is the superhero of cleaning products.

The UK newspaper, The Sun, reports that this cleaning agent works well due to its ability to neutralizes “both acidity and alkalinity.”

To create the best paste, mix a compound of three-to-one baking soda to water.

Once the paste is mixed, apply it to your carpet stain and wait for it to dry completely (until it’s hardened).

For optimal usage (and due to my love for teaching), I have to throw in the advice to use a paintbrush for the paste— it’s the most optimal tool for no mess and perfect application.

Once the paste has dried, it’s time to vacuum it up.

4.Carpet Stain Remover

Is the stain still there? Don’t worry.

If stain or residue remains, time to whip out a carpet stain remover— follow its manual instructions and be sure to vacuum when you’re done.

If you don’t have a carpet stain remover, NBC News advises to “dab a solution of water and bleach alternative on the stain, follow up by dabbing it with a towel of clear hot water” and then “using a clean towel blot up the wet area.”

Use the bleach sparingly, however, as it can take the color out of your carpet.

The best trick to try is to test a part of your carpet that’s hidden under a couch or table and see if that area reacts negatively or positively to your solution.

Are you working with a white carpet?

If your carpet is white, start out by crafting a cleaning solution of your own.

First, mix hand dishwashing liquid with hydrogen peroxide in a compound that is a one-to-two ratio (one-part liquid, two-part peroxide).

I recommend using a sponge to apply the solution; once you’re done applying, give it several minutes.

When ready, get a clean cloth dipped in cool water and blot the area, so there are no soapy extracts.

Your carpet should look as clean as it once did.

Check this video to learn more about some hacks for removing red wine stain from carpet

Now It’s Your Turn…

I hope you enjoyed my article on how to remove red wine stains from your carpet.

Now I would like to know:

  • have you tried my method?
  • Has it worked?

Let me know in the comments area below.

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