How to Get Wine Out of Carpet


Have you ever had a glass of wine spill on your carpet? It can be an unenviable task to get that stain out. Fortunately, you can take a few simple steps immediately to help lift the color away.

First, attempt to wipe up as much red wine from your clothes as possible. Doing this will remove most of the stain and allow you to work on it later.

Blot the Stain

To effectively remove wine stains from the carpet, it’s essential to blot them immediately after exposure. Red wine must be dealt with promptly, as leaving it on your flooring can make the stain much more challenging to remove later.

Start by quickly blotting up as much wine as possible with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Rotate the fabric to a new spot every few seconds while working.

If the stain hasn’t lifted after several attempts at blotting, try pouring cool water directly onto it. This will dilute the wine and make blotting much easier.

Another effective solution for eliminating red wine stains from carpet is milk. Not only does this work on fresh colors, but it can also be used on dried ones to absorb any remaining red wine that blotting cannot pick up.

Combining two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dish soap can effectively eliminate wine stains from carpeting. Before beginning, please test a small carpet area to ensure it won’t discolor its fabric.

Soak the Stain

If you have recently experienced a red wine spill on your carpet, soaking it with water may help to moisten it and make it easier for the stain to come out. Be careful not to over-soak, though, as this could cause it to absorb additional liquid, which makes removing it even harder.

If the red wine stain is older and dried out, baking soda paste can help lift it away. Mix one baking soda with three parts water to create a paste, apply this onto the stain, sit for around 20 minutes, then vacuum away.

If the stain persists, a generous amount of salt can be applied directly onto the stain and left for up to three hours or overnight.

Mop the Stain

Red wine is a beloved beverage among many, yet its dark color and acidic nature make it difficult to remove from carpets.

If you spill red wine on your carpet before it sets, some simple steps may help remove it. However, removal will be more challenging once the stain has dried and hardened.

You can blot the red wine stain with a cloth or paper towel and attempt to soak up as much of it as possible. Be sure to do this multiple times, using new sections of the cloth each time.

Once you’ve soaked up as much wine as possible, pour some cold water onto the spot to dilute it and make it easier to remove.

Next, dab the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel to soak up any remaining liquids and lift their color.

Vacuum the Stain

Extract all liquid seeped into the fibers when vacuuming your carpet with a wet/dry vacuum. This is the most effective way to do so.

A wet/dry vacuum is a versatile vacuum that can be used for spot removal and general cleaning tasks. It features powerful suction, with prices starting from under $30 from Home Depot.

The great benefit of a wet/dry vac is its capacity for dry stains. This is especially helpful with red wine spots, which often become dried-out and challenging to eliminate.

You can also use a hydrogen peroxide solution to help remove dry red wine stains. Hydrogen peroxide won’t discolor your carpet and is safe for both natural fiber and synthetic carpets.


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