How To Remove Wine Stains From Carpet

By How To, Stain Removal

Wine is actually one of the easiest stains to remove from carpet.  Here’s how…

First, please don’t use white wine to try to remove a red wine stain.  It will just spread the stain out and make it bigger.

Also, the following steps work only on synthetic carpet, which you probably have.  If your carpet is made from natural fibers such as wool, do not proceed.

How do you know if you have synthetic or natural carpet?  Chances are, if you have to ask, you have synthetic carpet.  In general, people who have wool carpet are well aware of the fact.

But be careful if you’re trying to remove a stain from an area rug.  Many area rugs contain wool or cotton.  It’s much more common to see natural fibers in rugs as opposed to wall-to-wall carpet.  At least here in the U.S.

Read the label on the back of your rug to be sure.

Now, let’s get started…

Ideally, you’d have a Shop-Vac or equivalent wet/dry vacuum.  If so, extract the excess wine with suction from the vacuum.

If you don’t have a Shop-Vac, place a clean towel on top of the wine stain, and then stand on it.  Your weight will help soak the excess liquid into the towel.

Do not scrub the carpet.  You might fray the fibers.  When the carpet becomes frayed, you’ll always be able to see where you scrubbed, even if the stain comes out.

Once the excess material has been removed, spray the stain with peroxide.  No, not hydrogen peroxide, like the stuff that comes in the familiar brown bottle at the pharmacy.

You need peroxide that’s much stronger.  I’ve written all about it here.  In that article, I describe where to buy peroxide and how to use it.

And that’s it.  The wine will slowly fade and eventually disappear.

It’s important to note that peroxide works only on organic stains like blood, urine and grass stains.  It does not work on synthetic stains like food dye.  The problem is, some cheaper wines contain red food dye, which is impervious to peroxide.

Therefore, if you see stubborn discoloration that doesn’t respond to peroxide, your wine stain might contain synthetic red food dye.  In that case, you’ll need to use ammonia to remove the rest of the stain.  I’ve written all about how to use ammonia here.

But always start with peroxide first, because it’s the most likely to be effective.  Ammonia should be used as a follow up.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I’m always happy to help, even if you don’t live in the Indy area.

And if you do happen to live in or around Indy and you’d rather have a pro remove your stains, call or text me, Ross, at 317-370-9075.

Thanks for reading!

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