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How to Clean Red Wine Stains Out of Carpet

I've cleaned houses and spaces professionally. Here are some of my expert tips.

How to get red wine out of carpet.

How to get red wine out of carpet.

How to Clean Red Wine Out of White Carpet

So, you were enjoying your glass of red wine when suddenly, as if in slow motion, you watched your glass splash, spill, or fly onto the floor. Not just any floor, however, your beautiful white carpet!

Now, whether your carpet is white, tan, or a even a darker color, getting that red wine stain out is a must (and you know that time is of the essence!). So, let's get right to it! You will need the following household supplies:

  • Baking soda
  • Soda water (or regular water)
  • Several rags
  • Empty bowl
  • Dust pan or wet-dry vacuum (some regular vacuums work, too)
Cleaning supplies.

Cleaning supplies.

How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet

  1. First things first, close the door! If you have pets or children, keep their little paws out of the spill zone! (But make sure they're supervised.)
  2. Dab up excess liquid with a spare rag. Absorb as much of it as you can. Place this soiled rag in the bowl (do not put this rag down on wood or any absorbent surface!). Do not drip any droplets of red wine.
  3. Pour/saturate the stain spot with the soda water. You want to pour the soda outside of the spill zone by about a half inch. This means that the soda water will totally saturate the entire red wine "zone" in excess of 1/2" all the way around it.
  4. Let the soda water "fizz" for 10 seconds; dab up the liquid with a clean rag and dispose of it in the bowl.
  5. Again, pour soda water on the spill zone and let it fizz for 10 seconds. Dab with a clean rag until it's fairly dry and dispose of it in the bowl.
  6. Next, sprinkle baking soda (a light dusting) all over the spill zone. Let it sit on the zone for 1 minute. Once the baking soda has become "wet," either manually sweep up the baking soda with a dust pan or use a wet-dry vacuum. Regular vacuums are okay too, but if the spill zone is fairly significant, the wet baking soda can cake inside your vacuum parts (proceed with caution).
  7. With some baking soda still left over, pour a light layer of soda water onto the spill zone. Use a clean rag to gently mix and massage the baking soda/soda water blend into the spill zone. Once blended, pour another light layer of soda water onto the spill zone. Immediately dab it up.

Let the Carpet Dry

At this point, the color of the carpet should be back to normal but simply look wet. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on top of the carpet and let it sit overnight. If you live in a household where letting the baking soda sit overnight is not safe (you have pets or children), either consider closing off the room or simply clean up the baking soda after 10 minutes—you can let the carpet air dry over night and simply dab it with a rag the following day.

Can I Blow-Dry the Spot?

It's better to let it air dry. Vacuuming over the site when it is fairly dry will also help the carpet dry out faster. The suction of the vacuum nozzle has a similar effect to blow drying.

Tips for Avoiding a "Crunchy" Carpet

If the carpet feels crunchy, this simply means that you did not rinse the baking soda out well enough or you might have used too much. Go over the carpet site with the nozzle vacuum. Afterwards, wet the carpet one more time (at this point warm water is fine), and let it air dry for another 24 hours. Avoid walking over this site until the carpet is totally dry.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Layne Holmes