A red wine spill on a carpet can quickly turn a dinner or birthday party sour, especially if the carpet is white. However, according to carpet cleaning expert Misty Poole, your night doesn’t have to be completely ruined if you act swiftly. Dealing with the spill promptly is crucial to preventing a lasting stain.
According to Poole, red wine stains are challenging to remove, but tackling them immediately is the key. Acting while the spill is still wet prevents the wine from penetrating deep into the carpet. Once it reaches the carpet backing, the situation becomes more problematic.
Poole warns that if you delay and the wine has already seeped into the back of the carpet, the spot may reappear days later, even if it initially looks clean when you dry and clean the surface.
To avoid disappointment, act promptly when a red wine spill occurs on your carpet. Here’s what a carpet cleaning professional recommends for handling this common issue.
What You’ll Need
- Cold water
- White towels
- White vinegar
- Liquid dish soap
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Something heavy (like books or weights)
How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet
Misty Poole’s proven process for removing red wine from carpets is a step-by-step approach. Start with Method 1, and if there are still stains or discolouration, proceed to Method 2, and so forth. If, after completing Method 4, your carpet retains pink stains from the red wine, Poole suggests seeking help from professional carpet cleaners, who have access to industrial stain treatments for a more effective solution.
Method 1: Cold Water
- Blot the wine with a dry white towel.
- Continue blotting with a wet white towel until the wine is completely gone or you’ve removed as much as possible.
- Cold water is crucial, as it effectively absorbs tannins from the grapes present in wine.
- Always use a white towel to avoid accidentally transferring dye to the carpet. White towels can also be bleached in the wash to remove residual red wine stains.
- Avoid rubbing or scrubbing; instead, blot the stain. Scrubbing can push the wine, making the stain larger and potentially damaging the carpet fibres.