Red wine is made from dark-coloured grape varieties giving it a predominantly red colour, so when you accidentally spill it on your carpet it really shows! There’s no need to panic as you can successfully remove red wine from your carpet by following a few simple steps.
See how to remove dried red wine from your carpet as well as freshly spilt red wine stains here…
How to remove red wine from your carpet
As soon as the spill happens you need to soak up any excess moisture with paper towels or a clean microfibre cloth. Then sprinkle baking soda over the spill to completely cover the stained area. Wait a few minutes then gently pour some cold water onto the baking soda and use a clean dampened cloth to blot the area completely.
Don’t rub the stain as this only causes it to penetrate deeper into the carpet fibres, and wiping will simply spread the wine out. Repeat the process as many times as necessary to remove the stain.
Salt is very effective in absorbing excess moisture and lifting the red wine stain out. As before blot up as much of the spilt wine as you can before sprinkling the entire area with salt. After a few minutes rinse the area with cold water remembering not to overwet your carpet as this can lead to mould and mildew growth if not dried thoroughly.
Vacuum the affected area afterwards to remove any loose salt particles. You may have to repeat the process several times to completely remove the stain.
Club soda also works as a removal agent that doesn’t discolour or damage your carpet. Blot the red wine with a clean cloth to absorb as much excess liquid as possible. Then pour the club soda over the stain which should start to dissipate immediately. Blot again with a clean dry cloth, and repeat as necessary.
Red wine stain removers
As soon as possible soak up any excess liquid and then vacuum the stained area. Apply your stain remover as instructed on the label and continue to vacuum. Continue until the stain has gone.
How to remove old red wine stains
A dried red wine stain can be a little more tricky but again there are several techniques that work:
How to get rid of red wine out of your carpet without vinegar is simple. Substitute with alcohol! Clear alcohols like gin and white wine can really reduce the stain when you dab a small amount onto the area with a clean cloth. Alternate between uring a little onto the dried stain and then dabbing to get the best results.
Plug in your iron and set it to the low steam setting. Mix a solution of washing up liquid and warm water in a small bowl, soak a clean cloth in the solution and wring it out. Place the cloth over the stained area to loosen the stain and then palace the iron on top and allow it to sit for around 15 minutes. Repeat this steaming process as necessary.
Choose from natural, supermarket, or specialist and professional red wine stain removers and follow the instructions on the manufacturer’s label.
Hire a local carpet cleaning expert
When all else fails all you need to do is use the skills and expertise of a highly trained and experienced carpet cleaner! After inspecting your carpet to determine the type of material a pre-stain treatment will be selected that’s suitable to remove your red wine stain, even if it has fully set into the carpet fibres.
Following this, your carpet will be deep-cleaned to ensure that all pollutants and allergens are extracted and your carpet will look and smell refreshed. And you can sit back and relax whilst all the hard work is done for you.