How To Get Red Wine Out Of Carpet

When it comes to hosting friends and family, it’s easy for spills and accidents to happen – and your carpet is often the main victim!

This is especially true when it comes to alcohol and of course, the dreaded red wine spill.

If you’ve recently spilled red wine on the carpet, you are likely now wondering how you can get the stain out of your carpet.

In this article, I will cover exactly how to get red wine out of your carpet (ever dried red wine!), alongside some tips to consider when it comes to the stain removal process.

Let’s get started!

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Act Quickly!

If you’re anything like the Soffa Mag crew, you probably love the odd glass of brilliant red wine. This probably means you’ve also spilled the odd glass of red wine as well – it just goes with the territory.

When you’ve got a red wine stain on your carpet, you need to clean it as soon as possible. The longer red wine is left to soak into the carpet, the more likely it will cause permanent damage to your carpet. As a result, you should be prepared and act quickly when the eventuality does arise.

Cleaning red wine out of carpet can be an overwhelming process if you’ve never been faced with the issue before. However, not all is lost!

When you act quickly with a few simple steps, you will be surprised how quickly you can get your carpet looking good as new.

So, how do you clean red wine out of the carpet?

How To Get Red Wine Out Of Carpet

The good news is that it’s not too difficult to remove a red wine stain from your carpet. The bad news? It takes some work and elbow grease.

To get red wine out of your carpet you will need:

  • A bucket or plastic container 
  • White vinegar & baking soda
  • Soap
  • Warm water
  • A sponge
  • A clean cloth
  • Paper towels

The table below contains links to the products we use in all of our cleaning guides if there’s anything on this list you don’t have yet

-Products Mentioned In This ArticleA Quick LookPrice
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Handheld Portable VacuumDyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Handheld Portable Vacuum
  • 2x the suction power of any cordless vacuum
  • High torque cleaner head intuitively adapts to any floor type in auto mode
  • The integrated lcd screen displays an active countdown timer and the machines performance in real ti
  • The digital motor inside the v11 delivers 40% more suction power than the previous dyson v8 cord fre
Check Latest Price
Nutricost Baking SodaNutricost Baking Soda
  • 2 pounds of baking soda per bottle
  • This high quality powder can be use for baking. cooking, and even toothpaste!
  • Great for deodorizing - try in the fridge, garbage cans, carpets and more!
  • Use for cleaning - pools, kitchen sinks, pots & pans, bathroom tubs, and much more!
  • Gmo free, gluten free, third party tested
Check Latest Price
Distilled White VinegarDistilled White Vinegar
  • Distilled white vinegar for cooking and household cleaning
  • Hotel and restaurant quality
  • Reduced with water to 5% acidity
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HAVENLAB Deionized WaterHAVENLAB Deionized Water
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Dr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid SoapDr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
  • Made with organic oils & certified fair trade ingredients: dr. bronner's pure-castile liquid soaps a
  • Good for your body & the planet: dr. bronner's liquid soaps are fully biodegradable & use all-natura
  • No synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents: our liquid soaps are made with plant-base
  • 3x more concentrated than most liquid soaps: dilute! dilute! multiple uses for just one product: lau
  • Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles: dr. bronner's is diverting discarded plasti
Check Latest Price
Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.
  • Tolco empty spray bottle 8 oz. frosted assorted colors
  • Country of origin: china
  • Item package dimension: 7.11cm l x 16.51cm w x 18.03cm h
  • Item package weight: 5.6 oz
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Mothers Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning BrushMothers Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Brush
  • Tough bristles remove dirt and grime
  • Contoured, comfortable design
  • Extremely durable
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MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning ClothsMR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
  • Ultra soft material & scratch free - ultra soft and highly absorbent microfiber cleaning cloths, gre
  • Absorbent & lint free - made of 85% polyester, 15% nylon. these non-abrasive cleaning rags can soak
  • Tackle versatile cleaning jobs - these premium microfiber towels are also perfect dish rags which do
  • Reusable & long lasting - these microfiber towels feature high quality stitching with reinforced edg
  • Mr.siga's mission: make your housework easier, and make the world cleaner. should you have any quest
Check Latest Price
Rubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon BucketRubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon Bucket
  • Heavy-duty thick wall construction.
  • Strong handle makes for easy transportation.
  • Great for janitor's closets, factory environmental services and more.
  • Molded-in spout makes pouring easy and accurate.
  • 10.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide by 10.25 inches high. 1.19 pounds. made in the usa.
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Removing Red Wine From Carpet – Step By Step:

Total Time: 30 minutes

Step 1

To get red wine out of the carpet, start by mixing 1/2 tsp of dish liquid, 1/2 a tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. The combination of these ingredients makes an effective cleaning solution to help you remove the stain.

Step 2

Take a dry, clean cloth and soak it in the mixture of water and vinegar.

Step 3

Use the cloth to rub the area where you spilled the wine. You’ll want to make sure you apply pressure with the cloth so that all of the liquid gets transferred to the cloth.

Step 4

Once you have removed most of the liquid from the carpet, take your paper towels or a dry cloth and use it to blot up any remaining moisture.

Step 5

After blotting up as much of the remaining moisture as possible, you will want to allow the carpet to air-dry overnight. However, if there is still visible moisture on the carpet after drying, repeat step four.

Step 6

When the carpet has dried completely, vacuum the area.

This is our favorite DIY cleaner for red wine stains on carpet – but it’s also worth checking our other home remedy carpet stain removers to see get some extra ideas if you need a bit more horsepower!

Soffa Magazines Best Tips When Removing Red Wine Out Of Carpet 

How to get red wine out of carpet

There are a variety of best practice tips you can bear in mind when removing red wine from carpet. Some of our best are:

1.) Make sure that you saturate the stain before trying to remove the stain. Let your mix of soap, vinegar, baking soda and warm water sit wet on the stain for a good half an hour before cleaning to really help lift it.

This is especially important if it’s an old dried red wine stain that has lodged deep in the fibers of the carpet (or even worse, a shag rug!).

2.) Again, you should always try to remove the stain immediately following the spill. Doing so will prevent the stain from seeping back into the carpet and make it a lot easier for you to get it out, with far less elbow grease!

3.) Always check your cleaning codes before undertaking any cleaning so you know what cleaning agents can be used on your specific carpet. Always make sure that you are buying products that are appropriate for carpet use, or make your own cleaning solution to ensure that you are being gentle on the fibers.

If you can’t find a cleaning code label on the carpet, call the manufacturer and ask first.

4.) Be careful about using heat. You should make sure that you blot the carpet dry, but avoid using heat sources like steam cleaners or hair dryers. Some carpets can handle the heat – but many can’t so proceed with caution!

5.) If you’re unable to remove the stain yourself, contact a professional carpet cleaner to do the job for you. After all, while this might seem like an expense you can’t afford, it’s significantly cheaper than having to replace the entire carpet.

Can You Use Salt To Get Red Wine Out Of Carpet?

Yes you can! Red wine, fleas, stains – salt can work wonders on your carpets.

Salt is a common household ingredient that can be used to help remove red wine out of your carpet. However, using salt to remove red wine stains from your carpet produces the best results when the red wine is still damp.

Once you have blotted the red wine stain, you will want to cover the surface of the stain with a thick layer of salt. The salt will absorb the wine stain as it dries. Once the stain has dried, you can then vacuum up the salt.

This can be another great alternative option to the method we’ve listed earlier.

How Do You Remove Old & Dried Red Wine Stains?

As I’ve mentioned above, it’s easiest to remove red wine stains when they’re fresh, as the longer it remains on the carpet the more difficult it becomes to get your carpet back to its original state.

However, sometimes this might not be an option and it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remove old wine stains, it just means that they’re a little trickier to navigate.

So, how do you remove old red wine stains?

First, let me tell you what you don’t want to do. Don’t try to scrub away the old wine stain. Scrubbing away a wine stain without rehydrating it is futile.

The best way is honestly to use the soap, vinegar, baking soda and warm water method we’ve detailed above. You’ll just need to let the cleaner sit on the stain a little longer before cleaning, and when it is time to clean – you’ll need to put in a bit more elbow grease!

-Products Mentioned In This ArticleA Quick LookPrice
Dyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Handheld Portable VacuumDyson V11 Torque Drive Cordless Handheld Portable Vacuum
  • 2x the suction power of any cordless vacuum
  • High torque cleaner head intuitively adapts to any floor type in auto mode
  • The integrated lcd screen displays an active countdown timer and the machines performance in real ti
  • The digital motor inside the v11 delivers 40% more suction power than the previous dyson v8 cord fre
Check Latest Price
Nutricost Baking SodaNutricost Baking Soda
  • 2 pounds of baking soda per bottle
  • This high quality powder can be use for baking. cooking, and even toothpaste!
  • Great for deodorizing - try in the fridge, garbage cans, carpets and more!
  • Use for cleaning - pools, kitchen sinks, pots & pans, bathroom tubs, and much more!
  • Gmo free, gluten free, third party tested
Check Latest Price
Distilled White VinegarDistilled White Vinegar
  • Distilled white vinegar for cooking and household cleaning
  • Hotel and restaurant quality
  • Reduced with water to 5% acidity
Check Latest Price
HAVENLAB Deionized WaterHAVENLAB Deionized Water
Check Latest Price
Dr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid SoapDr. Bronners - Pure-Castile Liquid Soap
  • Made with organic oils & certified fair trade ingredients: dr. bronner's pure-castile liquid soaps a
  • Good for your body & the planet: dr. bronner's liquid soaps are fully biodegradable & use all-natura
  • No synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents: our liquid soaps are made with plant-base
  • 3x more concentrated than most liquid soaps: dilute! dilute! multiple uses for just one product: lau
  • Packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles: dr. bronner's is diverting discarded plasti
Check Latest Price
Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.Tolco High-Quality Spray Bottle - 8 oz.
  • Tolco empty spray bottle 8 oz. frosted assorted colors
  • Country of origin: china
  • Item package dimension: 7.11cm l x 16.51cm w x 18.03cm h
  • Item package weight: 5.6 oz
Check Latest Price
Mothers Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning BrushMothers Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Brush
  • Tough bristles remove dirt and grime
  • Contoured, comfortable design
  • Extremely durable
Check Latest Price
MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning ClothsMR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
  • Ultra soft material & scratch free - ultra soft and highly absorbent microfiber cleaning cloths, gre
  • Absorbent & lint free - made of 85% polyester, 15% nylon. these non-abrasive cleaning rags can soak
  • Tackle versatile cleaning jobs - these premium microfiber towels are also perfect dish rags which do
  • Reusable & long lasting - these microfiber towels feature high quality stitching with reinforced edg
  • Mr.siga's mission: make your housework easier, and make the world cleaner. should you have any quest
Check Latest Price
Rubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon BucketRubbermaid Commercial 2.5 Gallon Bucket
  • Heavy-duty thick wall construction.
  • Strong handle makes for easy transportation.
  • Great for janitor's closets, factory environmental services and more.
  • Molded-in spout makes pouring easy and accurate.
  • 10.5 inches long by 10.5 inches wide by 10.25 inches high. 1.19 pounds. made in the usa.
Check Latest Price

In Summary 

Red wine stains are one of the hardest types of spills to remove and can cause permanent damage to your carpet if you don’t act quickly.

Hopefully, after reading this article you know everything you need to get red wine out of your carpet quickly and effectively.

Keep this article bookmarked and if you spill red wine on your carpet (or when you eventually spill red wine on your carpet), you’ll have everything you need to help you remove the stain!

Cheers! ????

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