How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet

Written by Angie's List staff
Updated June 15, 2021
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Acting quickly is the key to red wine stain removal. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

A carpet cleaner offers stain removal tips and explains when it's time to call in a carpet cleaning service.

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Red wine is great when you're entertaining guests, but it can ruin your carpet.

The clearly marked edges and deep color can leave you wondering if your carpet will ever be the same.

If you're not sure how to clean carpet after a spill, here are some stain removal tips that can save your flooring — and your sanity:

Gently blot

Start with clean, white rags and gently blot up as much of the wine stain as possible. Don’t rub it, just gently press on the towel until all the liquid is absorbed.

White paper towels can also be used to get down into the nap and remove the last little traces of the stain.

Do it yourself

There are many cleaning supplies on the market for removing small carpet stains.

Before applying a cleaning solution, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of carpeting before using all over your house, as carpet materials will react differently to different carpet cleaning chemicals.

Follow the directions on the product, which will usually instruct you to spray the stain, let it sit then rub or rinse it clean.

Be careful of products with oxygen-activated ingredients, as they have been known to permanently fade and discolor carpeting.

Use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Another option is using homemade carpet cleaner.

Once you have blotted up all the liquid wine, spray peroxide on the residual carpet stain. Be sure to exceed the perimeters of the stain with the hydrogen peroxide.

Follow with a heavy sprinkling of baking soda over the area.

Allow the baking soda to sit and then rinse the entire area with clean water.

This homemade carpet cleaner is highly effective, but it should not be allowed to sit on the carpet for extended periods of time.

Try club soda

Club soda is an effective stain removal agent for clothing, and can also remove stains on carpet.

It will help remove the stain from the carpet fibers, allowing the residual wine to be blotted up along with the soda.

Hire a carpet cleaning service

If you have a stubborn stain, it might be time to have your entire carpet cleaned by carpet cleaning professional.

A professional carpet cleaner has access to equipment and chemicals that aren’t available to the general public. Not only will they get the wine cleaned out of your carpet, but they can also make the carpet in the entire room look brand-new.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article that was originally posted on Sept. 15, 2011.

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