Carpet Stain Removal

Removing Red Wine Stains From Carpet

The following are the most effective red wine stain removal remedies for wine stains in carpet. So, pick your poison and show that carpet whose boss! Keep in mind, we always suggest you test any wine stain removal method on a discreet spot of carpet before treating the stain to ensure color-fastness. For carpets with natural fibers or special dyes, check with manufacturer and/or cleaning professionals before attempting to treat the stain yourself. Once you’re in the clear, follow the simple step-by-step instructions below and remove that nasty red wine stain from your carpet for good.

Step One for Red Wine Stain Removal from Carpet – Blot

Step one to removing a red wine stain from carpet is blotting. No matter what method you choose, time is of the essence, and the first thing you need to do is blot. Grab a clean white cloth (towels and paper towels work just fine) and press the cloth to the stain. Soak up as much of the red wine stain as you can. Be careful not to rub, as rubbing can push the stain deeper into the carpet’s fibers.

Step Two to Removing Wine Stains from Carpet

If You Can’t Treat It, Salt It

Don’t have time to treat the red wine stain in your carpet while playing host to your guests? It’s your salt shaker to the rescue. After you’ve finished blotting the red wine stain, pour salt onto the affected area. The salt helps absorb the stain and can be quickly removed with a vacuum when you’re ready to treat the stain. Don’t have salt? Baking Soda can also be used to absorb the red wine stain.

Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpet

Home Remedy #1 – Club Soda

If there’s a time you want to be serving Tom Collins, it’s when you’re serving red wine. Plain club soda, an ingredient found in many mixed drinks, is a great home remedy for removing red wine stains from carpet. The stain removal property is from the soda’s carbonation and sodium components.

First, apply club soda to the red wine stain and blot. After blotting the soda, apply a mixture of luke-warm water and dish soap (use only a small amount of soap and be sure it is well diluted) to any remaining stain. Some sources indicate a mixture of half water, half glycerine works just as well. Use a clean cloth to dap the remedy until stain is removed. For difficult red wine stains, add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the mix (be sure to first test carpet for colorfastness).

red wine stain in carpet or rug

Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

Home Remedy #2 – Treat Alcohol with Alcohol

If there was a second drink you should serve with red wine, it’s white wine. White wine helps neutralize red wine stains on carpeting. Simply pour white wine on top of the red wine stain and blot. This helps lift the red wine stain from the carpet and helps prevent it from spreading. Already polished off the white wine? Try plain vodka.

Carpet Red Wine Stain Removal

Home Remedy #3 – Carpet Shampoo & Peroxide

When using carpet shampoo, as with all other methods, the best time to treat the stain is immediately after you’ve finished blotting. The fresher the stain, the more likely you’ll be able to remove it with less difficulty.

To treat your red wine stain using the carpet shampoo and hydrogen peroxide method, mix a teaspoon of carpet shampoo with one cup of hydrogen peroxide (the bigger the stain, the more mixture you’ll need). Dip a clean sponge in the solution and blot the mixture onto the stain. Continue blotting until the red wine stain fades. Once the stain is removed, rinse the treatment from the carpet using warm water and a clean towel. Blot again.

Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet

Home Remedy #4 – White Vinegar & Detergent

Mix 1/3 of a cup white vinegar with 2/3 of a cup water. Saturate red wine stain with the vinegar solution and blot with a clean towel. Next, mix 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish detergent (Dawn® is a good choice) with 4 cups of water. Note: Make sure your dish soap is free from bleach and lanolin.

Spray or gently pour a small amount of the dish soap solution on the stain. Using a gentle blotting motion, work the detergent into the stain and continue as needed until stain is gone. To remove soap, spray treated area with water and blot. For quicker drying, place clean, dry towel on top of wet area followed by a weight (heavy books, bricks and other heavy household items work perfectly). If the stain is not completely gone, dip towel in hydrogen peroxide solution (link to above mixture) with weight on top. Wait one hour. Then, remove towel and blot one final time.

Remove Red Wine Stain from Carpet

Commercial Remedy #1 – Wine Away

Just like its name, this handy wine stain removal product is great for removing even the worst red wine stains from carpet. To use Wine Away for the removal of red wine stains on carpet, spray product on the stain and let stand for a few minutes. Next, blot the stain with a clean cloth. The folks at Wine Away suggest using your thumb inside the cloth, lightly rotating in a clockwise direction. If you’ve already treated the stain with other products or home remedies without success, let Wine Away sit for 20-30 minutes. Blot the stain with a damp cloth and let the treated section dry completely. If you can still see the stain after the area is dry, repeat the process.
Wine Away is safe for use on colored carpet and oriental rugs (though we always recommend spot testing first). The company also says the product is safe for use in households with pets and/or children.

Note: Wine Away is a water-based product. Some carpets require “solvent” based cleaners, so be sure to check and/or test a small, discreet spot first.

Remove Red Wine Stain from Carpet

Commercial Remedy #2 – Scotchgard™ OXY Spot & Stain Remover

Developed by 3M, the Scotchgard™ OXY Spot & Stain Remover is an effective and inexpensive carpet stain removal product. This product not only helps remove red wine stains from carpet, but will also help eliminate alcohol odor.

Red Wine Stain Removal from Carpet

When to Call in the Pros

Professional carpet cleaning companies have access to industrial strength products and machines the average consumer cannot buy. Difficult, old, and delicate stains are often better removed by professionals. Pro carpet cleaners will remove the stain using special detergent and chemical treatments, and/or steam or mineral cleaners. The pros will also be able to provide you with options to help protect your carpet from future stains.

Remember, even if you call in the pros, it is important to blot the wine-stained area as soon as possible, to remove as much red wine as you can. Ideally, you should also schedule your professional carpet cleaning appointment as soon as possible.

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