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How to get red wine out of carpet – three tried-and-tested methods

Need to know how to get red wine out of carpet? Use our guide to rid your home of stains

How to get red wine out of carpet
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Accidental spill left you wondering how to get red wine out of carpets? One careless move can result in red wine on carpet or rugs, leaving an urgent clean-up job to be done. Kit to the ready, discover how to remove red wine stains with ease. 

While red wine stains are a challenge to remove from carpets, they definitely can be dealt with so you’re not left with an unsightly stains. To do so, make sure your laundry room ideas include the right items to enable you to take action on your carpet – quickly and effectively.

How to get red wine out of carpets

'One thing everyone dreads is red wine spillages, as they can be quite hard to remove,' says Jessica Fox at Flooring Superstore (opens in new tab). 'However, don’t panic if that happens during, as there are plenty of ways to remove red wine.'

The experts recommend a few alternatives when it comes to how to remove red wine from carpets and rugs. But as with upholstery, it’s important to soak up the liquid first. You may also want to deep clean a carpet after a few days have passed. 

Let us take you through our simple step by step guide to removing red wine out of carpet. 

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How to get red wine out of carpet with club soda

There are many ways to remove red wine out of carpet. The first option is to use club soda. This cheap and effective method has been around since the 1700s and is a tried-and-tested way of removing red wine stains and marks.

1. Blot the stain

‘Blot as much of the red wine as possible with a clean white cloth,’ says Jessica Samson, a cleaning expert at The Maids (opens in new tab). ‘Work from the outside of the stain to the inside of the stain so that the red wine doesn’t spread and make the stain larger. Do not rub or scrub.’

2. Pour club soda on the stain

If you’ve got some club soda, this can come to the rescue. ‘Pour your club soda directly on to the stain,’ says Vera Peterson, president of Molly Maid (opens in new tab), a Neighborly (opens in new tab) company. 

3. Repeat 

‘After completing the above step, blot again, pressing the club soda into the stain. Pour more club soda on to the affected area and continue blotting repeatedly until the stain is lifted.’

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How to get red wine out of carpet with dish soap and white vinegar

Another affordable and effective method, dish soap and white wine vinegar is just as good if you need to get red wine out of carpet.

1. Blot the stain

Start by blotting the stain well to soak up any excess red wine.

2. Prepare a solution

‘Then, prepare a cleaning solution consisting of one tablespoon of hand dishwashing soap, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water.

3. Use a white cloth to apply the cleaning solution

 After this, using a white cloth, only – to prevent any pigment from the cloth bleeding into your carpet – apply a small amount of the cleaning solution directly on to the stain, blotting repeatedly until the stain is lifted.’

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How to get red wine out of carpet with hydrogen peroxide

This option could cause some carpet discoloration, so be sure to test this method in a discreet area with hydrogen peroxide before using it to remove a red wine stain.

1. Blot the stain using a clean cloth

Blot the stain as best you can with a clean, dry cloth.  

2. Mix up a cleaning solution

‘Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dishwashing soap and test it by applying it to a small, out-of-sight part of your carpet or rug. If it does not discolor the fabric, continue. 

3. Apply, blot and repeat

Apply the solution to the red wine carpet stain. Blot and repeat until the stain is gone.’

Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.