If you regularly entertain guests, you know that hosting a party comes with a fair share of mess and clutter. While soda spills may leave behind a noticeable stain, wine stains are among the hardest to remove. Luckily, some common household products may help remove the stain if you act quickly. Here are some tips to help you remove wine stains from your carpet:  

Use a Salt Solution

While salt is a staple in most pantries, most people do not know it can help remove stubborn stains. Salt can improve the appearance of stains by drawing out the excess moisture.  

  1. Saturate the wine stain in a salt solution while it is still moist. If you do not notice the spill until it has already dried, saturating the area with salt and water may still help. The granules in the salt may help to draw excess moisture from the area.
  2. Let the salt sit on the stain for at least an hour. As the solution absorbs the wine, the salt should turn a bright pink color. While you can remove the salt as soon as the solution dries, you may get better results if you let it sit overnight.
  3. Once the solution is dry, get rid of any loose salt with a fine brush or spoon. Use a high-powered vacuum cleaner to get rid of any remaining salt. If you notice any residual salt, dampen the area with warm water and keep vacuuming until the entire area is clean.

Use a Vinegar Mixture

You may want to try using a vinegar solution if the salt solution fails to get rid of the entire stain. It is best to use white vinegar in the solution, but other types of vinegar may also work depending on the color of your carpet.

  1. First, grab a large bowl for the cleaning solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Add 3 cups of warm water to the solution once you have thoroughly mixed the dish soap and white vinegar. Avoid using balsamic or apple cider vinegar if you have a light-colored carpet.
  2. Saturate the stained area with the mixture. You can pour the mixture directly onto the stain, or you can soak a white rag in the solution and then dab it onto the stained area. The solution needs to seep into the carpet fibers to loosen the stain, so keep adding more liquid until the area is wet.
  3. Next, take a bowl of cold water and pour it onto the area. If you prefer, you can blot water onto the area with a clean rag. Soak up the water by blotting the area with a dry towel. Repeat the blotting process until the area is dry.

Use a Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

If you do not have access to salt or vinegar, hydrogen peroxide may be a good option. However, keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide can cause slight carpet discoloration if the solution is not applied correctly. Therefore, you need to test the carpet in a small area before applying the solution to the entire stain.

  1. Grab a large bowl and mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap with 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. You can add more hydrogen peroxide if the stain is large, but you should not use more than half a cup for any stain. You should avoid using hydrogen peroxide if you have a dark-color carpet. A peroxide is a form of bleach, so the method is best for white or light-colored carpets. 
  2. Do not pour the solution directly onto the stain. Instead, soak a white rag in the solution and blot the stain gently. Continue blotting until the entire area is saturated. Avoid rubbing the stain as it can cause the moisture to smear.
  3. Mix warm water and dish soap in a spray bottle or bowl. Pour the solution onto the stain.
  4. Lastly, blot the stain with a clean towel to imbed the soapy solution into the carpet. Let the solution sit on the area for at least 30 minutes. Soak a clean washrag in water and blot the entire area to remove the soapy solution. Blot the area with a dry towel to finish.

Use a Baking Soda and White Wine Mixture 

While it may seem counter-intuitive to remove a red wine stain with white wine, a clear-colored wine can be an effective stain remover. White wine can help dilute the stain and remove those heavy red tones.

  1. Saturate the stain with a thick layer of white wine. If you do not have white wine, a clear liquor such as vodka may work as a good alternative. Avoid clear-color dessert wines as they can leave behind a sticky residue that is hard to remove.
  2. Next, blot the area with a clean rag. Blotting the area will help the wine penetrate the carpet fibers.
  3. Apply a baking soda paste to the area after you have finished blotting the stain. Baking soda can help remove the stain by loosening up the color saturation. Do not apply dry baking soda directly to the stain. Instead, mix it with water to form a watery paste.
  4. Cover the area with a clean rag and let it sit for at least four hours. It is best to let the solution sit overnight if the wine stain is large or the color is very distinct.
  5. Vacuum the entire area once the baking soda paste solution dries. If you notice a sticky residue after vacuuming the area, pour some cold water on the stain and let it dry. Repeat the process until the residue is gone.

Use Club Soda and Water 

If all else fails, apply a generous amount of club soda to the stained area. You can dilute the club soda with a small amount of warm water if desired. Let the solution sit on the stain overnight. Vacuum the area to remove any excess moisture. You can repeat the process as many times as necessary to achieve the desired outcome. 

Work With an Expert 

While you may have some success removing stains with these DIY methods, it is often best to hire an experienced carpet cleaning contractor. It can be expensive to replace your carpet due to stains, so you should work with a professional to help you remove stubborn stains. At Safe-Dry Carpet Cleaning, we use a patented, all-natural method to effectively clean carpets, rugs and upholstery. The methods we use are safe, hypoallergenic and effective. All of our technicians are trained in the latest carpet cleaning techniques to ensure you get the best result possible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our certified carpet cleaning professionals.