How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet for Good
Don't Panic: It's Possible, but Timing Is Important
Red wine stains on clothing can be tricky, but red wine on carpet can be harder to get out. So how do you get that spilled red wine out of carpets? Most often you can't just pick it up and put the carpet in a washing machine. However, as long as you act promptly, you can usually prevent the red wine from permanently staining the carpet. You can afford to wait a couple of hours, but do not wait until the next day. Time is your enemy where tough stains are concerned.
Here's what you need to know about the red wine stain removal process.
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What You'll Need
Equipment / Tools
- Paper towels or white cloths
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baking soda
- Salt (optional)
- Stain remover or carpet stain remover (optional)
- Oxygen-based cleaner (optional)
- Dishwashing liquid (optional)
Before You Begin
If you can't attend to the red wine stain on your carpet right away, at least blot it with paper towels and sprinkle salt on it. The salt will remove some of the wine that wasn't blotted up by absorbing it, and it can be vacuumed away later.
If you don't notice the red wine spill until after it has dried, the cleanup becomes more difficult. In this case, saturate the stain with hot water, apply a pre-treatment spot remover or carpet stain remover, and then apply any oxygen-based cleaning product (such as OxiClean) on the stain for two to 10 hours.
How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Carpet
Blot the Stain Immediately
Use a clean white cloth or paper towels to blot up as much of the red wine as you can right away. Alternate parts of the cloth to always blot using a fresh spot.
Add Water to the Stained Area
Pour a small amount of cool water onto the red wine stain on the carpet, and continue blotting. The water dilutes the red wine, which makes it easier to blot up. Do not pour too much water at a time, and switch out the blotting cloth for a dry one as you work. Continue blotting until no more stain can be removed using this method.
Make a Baking Soda Paste
Mix a paste with a 3-to-1 ratio of baking soda to water. Apply the paste directly to the carpet stain, and wait for it to dry completely before vacuuming up the dried paste.
Apply a Carpet Stain Remover
If any stain remains, apply a carpet stain remover according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, the process is to wait until the cleaning product dries and then vacuum.
How to Remove Red Wine Stains From White Carpet
Because white carpet doesn't have color dyes, you can try to bleach the stain using a hydrogen peroxide solution. Don't use this method on a colored carpet, as it can bleach out the dyes.
Make a Cleaning Solution
Mix 1 part dye-free dishwashing liquid with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide in place of using a commercial carpet stain remover.
Apply and Remove the Solution
Sponge on the solution. Allow it to work for several minutes, and then blot off with a clean cloth. Dip a clean cloth in plain water, and blot the area to remove any soapy residue.
If everything you try fails to remove the stain, it is time to call in the pros. They can use industrial products to return your carpet to its pre-stain condition.