Ah the question of the ages. Settling a deep-seated debate with your mates? Or are you the one in the room frantically flapping your arms just now to prove a point?
We’ll cut to the chase if there’s no time to scroll; those tannins are bleaching further into your carpet fibres as we speak and your friends are frantically screaming in your ear….
YES! Do it!!! Throw that white wine on!
OK. Are you calm? Deep collective breath that the worst of the damage is fixed. Your mate who was drinking the white is probably still flapping their arms that you’ve wasted their drink, but don’t worry, you’ve done the right thing. But there’s more to it.
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How do I remove red wine stains from carpet?
Now let’s dive into the detail of red wine stain removal. We’ve had far more experience at this than we’d care to admit, so time to share our collective wisdom with you.
The vital thing is to act quickly. The sooner you deal with any carpet stains, the higher the possibility you will be able to remove the stain completely.
Paper towel to absorb the red wine spill
Step one should always be to grab some paper towels and place them on top of the spill. Apply some pressure but DO NOT rub. When the paper towel is soaked, discard and repeat until the liquid from the spill is fully absorbed.
Do not rub or wipe the red wine as you will spread it on to a bigger surface area and risk damaging the carpet fibre.
Once the wine is extracted from the carpet, it’s time to work on the stain itself.
Removing wine with more wine
So proving our point this is not just an old wives tale, it’s the enzymes from white wine that can neutralize the stain caused by red wine and make the stain easier to remove.
How exactly do you do it? Not just set and forget, after the red wine has been absorbed, pour the white wine over the stain and gently blot with a damp cloth.
After most of the stain has been lifted you may use some mild dishwashing detergent, using a new damp cloth. Dry with cool air and brush the fibres to lift the dampness and flattened carpet.
Pour soda water on to the red wine stain
Perhaps not nearly the same drama as grabbing someone’s white wine (and not AS effective) but a little cheaper. The effervescence and saltiness of soda water help to lift the stain in the same method.
Use the same method as above to blot the stain then use a mild detergent before drying and brushing the carpet.
Salt on red wine stains
The next step in your emergency arsenal is salt. Salt has a natural ability to absorb fluid so you can pour it over the red wine spill and let it settle whilst you are gathering other tools. You must vacuum up the salt before you begin the removal process. You could also use baking soda.
Vinegar & detergent to remove red wine stains
A very simple recipe of 1/3 of a cup white vinegar and 2/3 a cup of water is a great basic stain remover. Pour the vinegar solution on the red wine stain and blot with a clean cloth. When the stain starts to lighern, use a mild dishwashing detergent and water to blot the stain. Rinse by spraying some water on the soaped carpter and blot dry again.
Blow dry and brush the carpet to prevent flattening the carpert when it dries
Purpose-made red wine stain removal spray
Containing no bleach, toxic substances or phosphates, this is a wonderful companion to keep in your kitchen for exactly occasions like this It works in the same way as white wine but might be a cheaper investment in the long run!
Simply spray the stain remover on the carpet and start blotting after 1-5 minutes. Wine Away also works on coffee stains, tea stains, even blood stains.
Get in the professionals
Got a really stubborn stain? It’s time to get professional help. Call a professional cleaning service as soon as it’s apparent the stain won’t lift to reduce the chances of a permanent stain.
You should still work on blotting in the meantime to remove as much as possible of the fluid.
Don’t even think of heading to the chemicals cupboard (lesson learnt the hard way). Whilst hydrogen peroxide might be effective in lifting the stain, it is a powerful oxidizing agent which can also remove carpet dye, you could well end up with a bigger, uglier mess than the original red wine stain.
Have you tried any of these red wine stain removal technicques? Let us know in the comments how you get on!