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Tips on Red Wine Carpet Stain Removal

18 December 2023

By Karen North

Have you been enjoying your Christmas parties?  Looking forward to all the family and guests visiting over the holidays?  We all know drink spillage causes the most problems, in particular red wine!!  Fear not, we have a few tips for you! 

Some ways to remove a red wine stain are as follows:-

Cold Water 

Yes it does work! This is because red wine’s tannins (a natural substance found in grapes) dissolve easier with cold water, making it easier to remove them from carpet fibres. Lightly dab the stain with a damp cloth to absorb the wine. Carbonated water is recommended due to its acidity – this will help with dissolving the stain.

White Vinegar

Any other type will cause spots on the fabric that will be almost impossible to remove.

Dab out as much of the red wine as possible, before adding a squirt of white vinegar to the stain and leaving it for around 30 minutes. Then wash the whole area with cold water, scrubbing it gently with a soft cloth.

Baking soda 

Is an effective stain remover that is safe to use on carpets. Slightly alkaline, it will make a gentle paste when combined with cold water (three parts baking soda and one part water). Apply to the red wine stain and leave it to dry before vacuuming the paste off from the carpet.


Blot to remove excess liquid and cover the stain with salt. Leave for a few minutes before vacuuming the salt. It will absorb the red wine and pull the colour away from the carpet. Scrub very gently to ensure stain is removed.


Sometimes stubborn stains are too difficult to remove with a DIY clean and it makes more sense to get professional help.  If you are looking for a reliable and experienced carpet cleaner please do give us a call.  We are advanced members of the National Carpet Cleaners Association (licence no. 1068) and also Trustatrader Approved.  This means that our work is guaranteed up to £1,000 per job, as they are confident our quality of work is of a high standard.

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