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How to remove red wine stains from carpet

Spilt red wine doesn't have to ruin your night! Read on for handy tips and tricks to remove red wine from carpet so you're prepared next time a spillage occurs.


red wine spilt on a carpet

Key steps:

  • Lightly dab at the stain to avoid rubbing or pressing it deeper into the carpet
  • You can find specialist red wine stain removers, or opt for a generic carpet cleaning product
  • If you don’t have specialist cleaners handy, try white wine or club soda. Salt also helps to soak up stains

A good host makes their guests feel relaxed, and unfortunately a slosh of red wine on the carpet is a frequent souvenir from a fun, laid-back night in. But when it’s your floor that’s at stake, it can be difficult to adopt a carefree attitude to such spillages. Don’t worry: a red wine stain on the carpet may look a little like a crime scene, but with the right method, it’s often less serious than it appears.

Commercial red wine stain removers are usually suitable for use on carpets, and can be very effective. You can also use carpet cleaning products and stain removers. Just make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions and apply the product to a small corner of the carpet to test it first. If you don’t have a specialist cleaner to hand, there are quick home solutions to remove red wine stains on carpet flooring – ideal if you’ve been caught completely off guard. If the spillage is on your clothes as well as your carpet, take a look at our guide for getting wine stains out of your clothes, too!    

Here are some tips to help to remove red wine from the carpet.

Losing wine to your carpet is not only a tragic waste of a good beverage, but cleaning it up can also be a sobering experience. The trick to removing red wine stains from carpet fibres effectively is to stay calm and act fast – the sooner you begin the red wine stain removal process, the better the result.

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How to Remove Red Wine from the Carpet

  • Blot up as much of the stain as possible with a clean cloth. A gentle lifting motion will stop you from pressing the stain deeper into the carpet, but will soak up the top layer of wine and the worst of the colour. Don’t rub – just gently dab the stain.


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  • Then, apply the carpet stain remover, following the directions on the label.

If you don’t have a specific stain removal product, then there are a few other remedies that you can try:

  • It may seem counter-intuitive, but more wine can actually be the answer here. White wine can help neutralise red wine stains on carpets, diluting the colour and making it easier to lift and gently remove red wine stains from the carpet.
  • The same reasoning applies to club soda, as the carbonation works to lift the red wine stain from carpet fibres. Simply pour either onto the affected area and gently blot the excess moisture with a clean, lightly dampened towel or sponge.
  • Sprinkle salt onto the stain. Salt will help draw out the moisture, so pour on enough to absorb the wine, with an additional layer for good measure. You should see the wine begin to soak into the salt. Vacuum your carpet to clean up the salt, and you should see a reduction in the size of the stain.

So there you have it! If you need some more tips for cleaning up your house after a big party, like a New Year's Eve do, take a look at our guide here.

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