How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet: 5 Effective Methods

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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We all know that feeling when a relaxing evening takes an unexpected turn, and before you know it, you are staring at a red wine stain on your carpet. I have been there too, and I know how frustrating it can be. Don’t panic; with the right techniques and a little effort, you can effectively get red wine out of your carpet. Get yourself a glass of wine (but be careful not to spill this time!) and let us dive into the guide on how to get red wine out of carpet.

What You Need to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

What You Need to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

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1. A Clean Cloth or Paper Towel

Use microfiber cleaning cloths or paper towels. These will be your go-to tools for removing excess wine and absorbing the stain. To avoid color transfer, ensure they’re clean and, ideally, white.

2. Water

You will need water to rinse and dilute the stain thoroughly.

3. Dish Soap or Dishwashing Liquid

Choose a dish soap or a gentle dishwashing liquid that doesn’t include bleach or other strong chemicals. This will be a crucial ingredient in your homemade cleaning solution.

3. Commercial Carpet Stain Remover

If you prefer a ready-made option, look for a commercial carpet stain remover formulated to remove red wine stains. We recommend the Wine Away Red Wine Liquid Stain Remover, 12 oz. For best results, follow the instructions on the product label.

4. Additional Supplies

1. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Carpet Stain Remover

To remove red wine stains from your carpet using a commercial carpet stain remover, follow these steps:

How to Remove Red Wine Out of Carpet with Carpet Stain Remover

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Step 1: Read the Instructions

Carefully read the instructions on the carpet stain remover product you’re using. Follow any precautions mentioned by the manufacturer.

Step 2: Blot the Wine Stain

Using a clean cloth or paper towel, blot the stained area gently to absorb the wine. We recommend blotting from outside the stained area toward the center to prevent the stain from spreading further.

Step 3: Apply the Carpet Stain Remover

Apply the carpet stain remover to the stained area as indicated on the product label. Ensure you cover the entire stained area with the remover. Leave the stain remover on for the recommended time.

Step 4: Blot and Rinse

After the recommended time has passed, use a dry cloth or paper towel to blot the stained area again. Then, rinse the area by blotting it with a cloth soaked in water to remove any residue from the carpet.

Step 5: Repeat If Necessary

If the stain doesn’t go away, you can repeat steps 3 & 4 until the stain goes away. Some stubborn stains may require multiple applications.

Step 6: Dry the Carpet

Blot the carpet with a dry white cloth or paper towel to remove excess moisture. Ensure the carpet is dried enough to prevent potential mildew or mold growth.

2. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Club Soda

Club soda has been one of the go-to cleaning solutions for removing red wine spills from carpets. Here’s how to use club soda to remove a red wine spill from the carpet:

How to Remove Red Wine Out of Carpet with Club Soda

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Step 1: Blot the Stain

Gently blot the stained area with a white cloth to absorb the wine. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can spread and set deeper into the carpet fibers.

Step 2: Pour Club Soda into the Stain.

Pour some club soda directly onto the stained area. The club soda’s carbonation helps remove the stain. Leave the club soda on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 3: Blot Again

After letting the club soda rest for a few minutes, blot the area again with a clean cloth or paper towel. Press down gently to absorb the club soda and the loosened wine stain.

Step 4: Pour More Club Soda

If the stain doesn’t go away, you can repeat steps 2 & 3 until the stain goes away. Be patient and keep trying because some red wine stains may take more than one try to get out.

Step 5: Rinse and Dry

Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with clean, cold water to remove any club soda powder that is still there. Use a white cloth or paper towel to blot the carpet to absorb the moisture.

3. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Dish Soap and White Vinegar

If you’re looking to remove wine stains from your carpet, you can use dish soap and white vinegar to do the job. Here are the steps to follow:

How to Remove Red Wine Out of Carpet with Dish Soap and White Vinegar

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Step 1: Blot the Stain

To get rid of any excess wine, start by blotting the fresh stain with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can spread and set deeper into the carpet fibers.

Step 2: Prepare a Cleaning Solution

Add two cups of warm water, one tablespoon of dish soap, and white vinegar to a bowl and mix well. White vinegar serves as a stain remover, while dish soap helps stain breakdown.

Step 3: Apply the Cleaning Solution

Dip a clean cloth or paper towel in the cleaning solution and gently blot it into the stained area. Leave the cleaning solution on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 4: Blot and Rinse

Using a clean, dry cloth, blot the stained area to absorb the wine stain and the cleaning solution. Then, rinse the area by dabbing it with a clean towel soaked in clean water. This removes any vinegar and soap residue.

Step 5: Repeat If Necessary

If the stain doesn’t go away, you can repeat steps 3 & 4 until the stain goes away. Stubborn stains may require multiple attempts.

Step 6: Dry the Carpet

Blot the carpet with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove excess moisture. Press a dry towel against the damp area to absorb excess water.

4. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Hydrogen Peroxide

You can conveniently use hydrogen peroxide to remove red wine stains from the carpet. However, hydrogen peroxide has a bleaching effect and can potentially discolor your carpet. Therefore, it’s wise first to test it in an inconspicuous area and observe its effect closely.

How to Remove Red Wine Out of Carpet with Hydrogen Peroxide

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Step 1: Blot the Wet Wine Stain

Using a clean, dry cloth, blot the stained area gently to absorb the wet wine.

Step 2: Dilute the Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix equal amounts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in a bowl. Ensure you’re using 3% hydrogen peroxide, readily available at drugstores.

Step 3: Test the Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

Before using hydrogen peroxide on your carpet, it’s wise to test it on a small, discreet area to ensure it does not cause discoloration.

Step 4: Apply the Solution

Apply the hydrogen peroxide solution to the stained area using a clean cloth. Gently blot the stain. Leave the solution on the stain for a few minutes, but avoid letting it dry on your carpet.

Step 5: Blot and Rinse

Using a dry cloth, blot the stained area to absorb the hydrogen peroxide solution along with the loosened wine stain. Then, rinse the areas by blotting them with a clean cloth soaked in water.

Step 6: Repeat If Necessary

If the red wine stain persists, you can repeat steps 4 & 5 until the stain disappears.

Step 7: Dry Your Carpet

Blot the carpet with a cloth to get rid of excess moisture. Besides, you can press a dry towel against the damp area to absorb excess water.

5. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Salt

How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet with Salt

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Step 1: Sprinkle Salt on the Stain

Generously sprinkle a layer of salt directly onto the stain. Ensure the stained area is completely covered with salt. Leave the salt on the wine for at least 15 minutes or until it has absorbed the moisture from the wine.

Step 2: Vacuum the Salt

Once the salt has absorbed the wet wine and dried, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the salt from the carpet. Ensure to thoroughly vacuum the stained area to remove any remaining salt particles.

Step 3: Assess the Stain

Check if the wine stains have disappeared after vacuuming. If there’s still some staining, you can repeat steps 1 & 2 until the stain is sufficiently removed. Remember that removing the red wine stains from your carpet may take multiple attempts.

Step 4: Clean the Carpet

We recommend cleaning the carpet using mild dish soap and water or a carpet cleaner. Soak a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and blot the area to remove any remaining residue.

Frequently Asked Questions on How to Get Red Wine Out of the Carpet

1. What takes red wine out of carpet?

Mix six tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with three tablespoons of dish soap in a bowl (depending on the size of the stained area on the carpet). Use the mixture on the stained area of your carpet. Blot and repeat until the wine stain is gone. If necessary, blot again after 20 minutes to an hour.

2. Is Red wine hard to get out of the carpet?

No. Removing red wine stains from your carpet is easy than you think. Using a clean cloth or paper towel, blot the stained area until the red disappears. Add salt or baking soda and let it sit for around 5 minutes if the wine stain persists. Vacuum up salt or baking soda residue, then blot until the stain is gone.

3. How do you get red wine out of carpet with salt?

Grab some table salt and sprinkle it all over the wet wine stain. Salt helps absorb the wine from the carpet. Once the salt has absorbed the wet wine and dried, use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the salt from the carpet. Ensure to thoroughly vacuum the stained area to remove any remaining salt particles.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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