Recently, while hosting a party, I spilled red wine on my carpet. The stain appears to be permanent, and it’s driving me crazy! I know that at this point, the best thing to do is hire professionals to extract the stain, but I still am struggling with trying all the things myself first. I hope that by sharing this post, you can learn from my mistakes and avoid making them yourself.
In this post, we will go through all of the different ways that you can remove red wine stains from carpets and, in some cases, hopefully, avoid getting them in the first place! Now let’s get started!
Salt for Wet Stains on Carpet
You know… if you have a wet stain on your carpet, put down some salt! Yes, salt! It will make it easier to spot if there is one. This works like a charm when you spill hot coffee or chocolate on your carpet (or whatever else you need to be cautious about). Salt absorbing agents are the best solution for removing stains from carpets!
If the carpet is still wet, sprinkle some salt on top of the stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes, and then vacuum up the salt. The salt will absorb the moisture from the stain. If you used too much salt, don’t worry because you can always vacuum it up. If the stain is not entirely gone, repeat the process a second time.
After you have vacuumed up the salt, let it sit for another couple of hours before getting up and leaving things as they are. The stain will be dry by then, and you will be able to see if there is any residue leftover that was not absorbed by the salt. If there are still some traces of red wine on your carpet but not much, all you should have to do is use a wet cloth to wipe down your carpet until all traces of red wine are gone.
Vinegar and Dish Soap for Dried Stains on Carpet
When removing dried stains on your carpet, use vinegar and dish soap. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent that breaks down the oils in wine stains. The dish soap helps to break up the stain. Applying this with paper towels will allow you to blot up the red wine stain until it is totally gone.
To get rid of a dried red wine stain, combine equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a bowl or cup. Dip a paper towel into the solution and apply it to the area by blotting up force onto the carpet. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then use a dry paper towel to wipe off the spots. Repeat this as many times as you need to until the stain is completely gone.
Alternative: Baking Soda and a Carpet Stain Remover
As an alternative to the vinegar and dish soap method, you can use baking soda and a carpet stain remover instead. This works as a great substitute for those who do not have access to vinegar or prefer using a carpet stain remover instead. The baking soda helps break down the wine while the stain remover gets rid of any lingering evidence of it on your carpet.
To do this, mix two parts of water with one dish of soap in a bowl or cup. Then sprinkle baking soda over the wet area on your carpet where you spilled the wine. Blot it up with paper towels until most of the moisture has been absorbed by the paper towel. After that, use another paper towel to apply the stain remover to the area. Please wait for it to sit for at least two hours before you clean it up with another paper towel.
Cleaning Carpet Stains With Specialized Products
Your local supermarket or Wal-Mart will carry products designed specifically for red wine stain removal. These products contain ingredients like enzymes and peroxides, which break down and remove stains of red wine from carpets. They are designed to be safe and gentle on the carpet, which is why they are the proper choice for removing stains from carpets.
The products come in different forms, ranging from spot sprays to solution bottle cleaners. Just pick the one that suits you best and use it as needed. The ingredients in these products should not be toxic, so you do not have to worry about them breaking down your carpet by mistake. Simply use the product as directed by the label and it should remove any traces of red wine stains from your carpet within a couple of hours. Have you ever spilled red wine on your carpet? Let us know if you have tried any of the methods we suggested in the comments below and how they worked for you!