Red Wine Stain on Carpet – How to Clean

Remove Red Wine Stain on Carpet.

Carpet stains can be tricky to clean, especially on light carpeting.

On white carpets stains can range – some are easy to clean (5-10 mins), but severe stains on light carpet or stains left untreated can be permanent.

Below are instructions for removing carpet stains quickly – it should work on red wines stains on white carpet, but will also work for cleaning carpet stains from coffee or soda.

Keep in mind that most water-based liquid stain is cleanable if you act fast, including sauces and pet stains.

How to Remove Red Wine Stain on Carpet

In these quick steps you can remove dark liquid or a red wine stain on carpet.

STEP 1:  Soak up carpet stain immediately.

Don’t wait, especially with red wine stains.

Untreated stains can be permanent so the first step is to soak up as much as you can using towels or napkins.

** Remember to dab the carpet stain. Do not rub (or it can spread the stain).

STEP 2: Create stain removing mixture.

Dish soap for removing carpet stain

After you sponged up as much as you can, create a carpet cleaning mixture.

Here is what you’ll need.

  • 2 dish towels/sponges
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 1 tsp. of liquid dish soap
  • 1 tsp. of vinegar
  • baking soda (optional)

When applying the solution I suggest using a spray bottle or measuring cup.

STEP 3:  Apply stain removal mixture to carpet.

Use the first dish towel to apply the mixture onto the carpet stain.

Second towel is used to soak up the residual moisture as you go along.

STEP 4:  Remove mixture w/ cold water.

How to Remove Red Wine Stain from Carpet

Let sit for 5-10 minutes before removing the stain removal mixture. Once ready use cold water to wash away the mixture.

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STEP 5:  Repeat if wine carpet stain is still visible.

If this does not work, below are a few more alternative ways to remove red wine stains on carpet.

Looking online this is the most popular way because it is quick and affordable. However, red wine stains that remain for 1+ hour can permanently damage & may require deep cleaning or new carpet.

Alternatives to Remove Red Wine Stain on Carpet

Option 1.  Detergent for carpet cleaning

  • 2 cups of cold water
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • non-bleach detergent
  • * 1 tsp. of dishwasher soap works well too

Option 2.  Using baking soda for carpet cleaning

  • Sprinkle baking coffee onto the carpet stain
  • Let sit for 5-10 mins
  • Remove baking coffee w/ vacuum cleaner

Option 3.  OxiClean for wine carpet stains

We have all seen the OxiClean commercials – turns out this stuff really works! It’s often sold at your local hardware store or you can purchase online.

You can also purchase on Amazon w/ price ranging $12-20 (very good buyer reviews online!).

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  • 1 line of OxiClean formula
  • 16 oz. of water in measuring cup
  • Let it sit for 1-5 mins
  • Blot using a kitchen towel until wine stain is removed
  • Rinse stain area w/ water & blot to dry

Option 4.  Using carpet shampooer machine

For severe stains I suggest using a carpet shampooer.

Deep carpet cleaning can be done w/ a local service or purchasing a carpet shampooer. Most are affordable with prices ranging from, $99 to $249.

Carpet shampooers are affordable & produced by vacuum cleaner brands – Dyson, Bissell, Hoover, and Miele.

There are also lots of carpet cleaning companies locally.

Local prices will range $75 to $200 (depending on size, urgency, and location) – for pet stains or large stains, it is the best long-term option for home carpets. Some homeowners have someone come to clean the carpets annually.

How to Remove Red Wine Stain on Carpet

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