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 1 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 2 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).
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.
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.
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.
When to Call in the ProGreen Carpet®
ProGreen Carpet® have access to industrial strength products and machines the average consumer cannot buy. Difficult, old, and delicate stains are often better removed by professionals. ProGreen Carpet® will remove the stain using special detergent and chemical treatments, and/or steam or mineral cleaners. ProGreen Carpet® will also be able to provide you with options to help protect your carpet from future stains.
Remember, even if you call us, 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.