Different Techniques for Cleaning Red Wine Spills from Carpets

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Red wine on carpet

The holiday season is coming fast and a red wine spillage is one of the most common accidents that occur in Christmas and New Year.

Celebrations and wine

We’ve all experienced it – that slow motion moment when a red wine glass is accidentally knocked and spills onto the carpet.  However if your carpet flooring experiences a red wine spillage may not be as tragic as it initially seems below are a few tips to help.

The first point is unless your carpet is inherently resistant to tough stains, as much as possible try to remove the stain while it’s still fresh.

Do this first before proceeding to any of the techniques listed below

Using a clean white cloth or paper towel, immediately try to blot as much of the red wine as you can. Use an up-and-down motion while blotting. If you’re using a cloth, alternate the cloth sides so it can absorb more wine. Once you’re done blotting, pour a little bit of cold water onto the stain, this is necessary to dilute the stain’s remnants, and then resume blotting until the carpet dries.

Since the blotting and cold water method is usually not enough to completely remove the wine stains, you should perform at least one of the following techniques for optimal results.

Technique 1: Vinegar Solution

Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dish washing liquid, and 2 cups of warm water together in a large bowl. Stir the solution until it’s properly mixed. Then, submerge a clean cloth or rag in the vinegar solution and blot it on the affected areas of your carpet. Take out another rag, a dry one, to absorb the liquid as you go, and alternate between blotting and drying.

After that, get another rag, soak it in cold water, and forcefully apply the rag on the wine stain. Use your drying cloth or rag once again to soak up the water. It should be completely removed by then, but if not, you can keep on repeating the soaking and drying steps until successful.

Technique 2: Baking Soda

Baking soda and red wine

Create a baking soda paste by mixing a 3:1 ratio of baking soda to water. Then, apply the paste onto the stained area, wait for it to dry, and remove the dried paste using a vacuum. Congratulations! Your carpet is now free of that nasty red wine stains.

Technique 3: Salt

While the stain is still wet, pour enough salt to cover all affected areas on your carpet. Remember that this will only work if the stain is wet, so apply water if the stain is getting dry. Leave the salt on the red wine stain for as long as you think is necessary. It will turn pinkish as it absorbs the red wine. Then, remove any excess salt from the stain before using a vacuum to discard the particles that remain in your carpet.


Your carpet should be totally free of stains after vacuuming, so you can continue to enjoy the holiday season!

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