How to get red wine stains out of carpet (even if the whole bottle spilt) 

Your partner thinks the best place for a glass of wine is next to the sofa? At least cleaning up is easy

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Maybe your partner has prepared a romantic meal for you. Or maybe it’s a movie night on the sofa with your housemates. But as they plonk down the lamb chops they’ve spent ages making, (or the popcorn they’ve spent seconds microwaving), the dish sends your glass of red wine spiralling through the air like a rainbow that forgot its other six colours. 

You’ve found the end of this particular rainbow, and yep, it’s on your carpet. But red wine spills on carpet are nothing to worry about! Here’s how to get red wine out of carpet with a method so easy that you’ll be able to relax when having your next glass. 

How to get red wine out of carpet

When there’s red wine on the carpet, the first thing you have to do is act quickly. Don’t worry – your carpet won’t be instantly ruined the second that red wine touches it – just try to deal with the spill before it has a chance to set in. Here’s what you need to get red wine out of the carpet: 

  • Kitchen towels 
  • Water 
  • Choice of cleaning solution – baking soda, salt, vinegar or liquid detergent 
  • Vacuum cleaner 

That’s your equipment sorted; here’s how to get red wine out of carpet. 

1. Blot the stain

Try to blot any red wine spills on the carpet with absorbent kitchen towel. Only blot at the stain though – there’s a chance that rubbing the stain will spread it and work it into your carpet. And we’re trying to do the opposite of both those things. 


Grab some Plenty The Original One kitchen towels to get to work blotting at the red wine on carpet. They’re super absorbent and strong too – the ideal combination for helping get rid of the spillage.

2. Dilute the wine

Once you feel the carpet starting to dry, pour a bit of cold water on the stain to dilute it. Grab your kitchen towel and blot again to help get more of the red wine out of your carpet. And always use cold water; hot water could set the stain in more. 

3. Choose your cleaning solution

It’s been blotted and diluted, now we can move onto completely removing the red wine stain. Carpet cleaning is a delicate process, so you should always test any new solutions on a small, inconspicuous area first. Once you’re happy that the carpet hasn’t reacted or turned a completely different colour, you can try using: 

  • Baking soda: Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply the mix to the red wine on your carpet. Leave it to dry and then vacuum up the dry paste.
  • Salt: Sprinkle salt over the stain and lightly press it in. Leave it to dry completely and then clear away. There needs to be some moisture in the carpet for the salt to absorb, and you’ll know it’s working when the grains start to turn pink.
  • Detergent: Combine a tablespoon each of vinegar and liquid detergent with two cups of warm water. Then blot the stain before soaking it up with kitchen towel. Repeat the process until the stain has gone, and you’ve removed the mixture from your carpet. 

And that’s it; that’s how to get red wine out of your carpet! See, there was nothing to worry about – and the dinner/movie night can go on – enjoy your night! 

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