How to Remove a Red Wine Stain
Updated: Aug 2, 2018
We’ve all done it, but the real question is how to UNdo it.
I lurked around the internet and looked up the top three ways to remove wine stains from carpets. Today, I’m putting them to the test!
For all of these methods you’re going to need some water, a paper towel or sponge, and a vacuum. Personally I’d recommend a sponge because it’s reusable, but that’s just me.
Wine or Vodka
A heavy book
For this method you’re going to need some salt.
Pour some salt into the stain - and be generous. You’re going to want to make sure the stain remains wet, so if need be, add water. The salt is going to pull the moisture out of the carpet but that probably won’t work on a dry stain.
I’m going to add water before putting the salt on, just to make sure the area is wet enough.
As the salt absorbs, it’s going to turn pink. If you’re feeling super patient, you can let the salt sit overnight, as more time won't hurt. Just be sure to remember to add a little water every once in a while!
This method is great for going out and buying more wine while you wait!
For this one you’re going to need dishwashing liquid and white vinegar in addition to our base materials.
ONLY use white vinegar! Other types can cause their own stains so steer clear.
Mix 1 tablespoon of the soap, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water.
Dab the mixture onto the stain and let it soak into the carpet fibres.
Use a dry cloth to blot up the liquid as you go and alternate between the solution and the dry rag.
Finally, wet the entire stain with cold water.
Repeat the entire process as needed.
If you get tired feel free to kick your heels up and finish the bottle of spilt wine. We have lots of fun projects on the Coral Channel every tuesday and thursday that you can watch while you relax, so if you like this, be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications!
If you have a super light carpet be sure to try this method with hydrogen peroxide instead of vinegar.
Just add a generous amount of soap to the peroxide. Half a cup max.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild bleaching agent, so be sure to test it on a small unseen corner before proceeding! It’s also easy on the environment.
I had no idea this was a thing, but I’m so happy it exists. Not so secretly rooting for this one. Fingers crossed.
Grab a bottle of white wine or vodka. That’s right. You heard me correctly.
Pour some onto the stain, and then into your glass.
Take your sponge and begin blotting ever so lightly.
Make a paste out of some baking soda and water, and add it on top. Put a dry rag on top and then press it down with a heavy book.
Make sure it’s a book you don’t really care about, or maybe a stack of magazines, because if the moisture soaks through the rags, your book is going to get wet.
This is going to press the soda into the stain.
The Big finale
If you have salt, soda, or anything else in your rug just grab a vacuum and suck up the particles.
From what I can see METHOD TWO.5 did the best at soaking up your red wine stain.
Moral of the story is that when buying wine, it’s just responsible to get two bottles.