How To Get Red Wine Out Of Wool Carpet? (5 Best Methods)

How To Get Red Wine Out Of Wool Carpet? (5 Best Methods)

Updated on July 24, 2022 by Brett

One of the worst stains on light is red wine. It is especially bad on delicate silk or wool carpets. However, there are ways to get red wine out of wool carpet that are not difficult or expensive. 

It is better to get it done as soon as you see the stain, but even really old red wine stains can be gotten out without damaging you carpet. 

One thing to remember is to blot, do not scrub. That way you won’t fuzz the fibers. I have listed all the best treatments for red wine stains here for you.

How to Get Red Wine Out Of Wool Carpet? (Best Methods)

how to get red wine out of wool carpet

1. Remove freshly dropped red wine from wool carpet:

Method 1: Using salt & Mild Detergent

This generally only works with fresh wine stains.

Tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Salt: about ¼ cup (2 ounces) per square inch of stained area

Step 1: Sprinkle plain salt over the stain liberally to cover.

Step 2: Pat it into the wet stain.

Step 4: Vacuum stained salt

Method 2: Using club soda

Tools you’ll need to get started:

Note: This sometimes works with recent dry wine stains.

  • Bowl of clean room temperature water

Step 1: Blot stain with a clean dry cloth.

Step 2: Spray liberally with club soda using a spray bottle or shake and spray with thumb on top.

Step 3: Wait 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Blot as dry as possible with clean dry cloth.

Step 5: Use clean water to blot stain until it fades.

Step 6: If more than five blots use mild detergent and blot with clean damp cloth to encourage suds.

Step 7: Blot with clean white cloth using the water, rinsing and wringing each time until the cloth picks up no color from the stain.

Step 8: Repeat steps 1-7 if needed until step 7 shows no color on the rag If stain remains blot are and use method 3 or 4.

Method 3: Use Baking Soda and Vinegar to Remove Red Wine From Wool Carpet

Note: The following homemade solution is also very effective for removing old pet urine stains from wool rug and carpet.

Tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Natural sponge or clean light washrag
  • Bowl or bucket clean water
  • Brush, broom or wooden spoon

Step 1: Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the whole area at least half inch around the stain.

Step 2: Gently beat into the carpet with brush broom or wooden spoon.

Step 3: Wait 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Spray liberally with white vinegar

Step 5: Brush in and then blot up with a sponge and warm water.

Method 4: Use hydrogen peroxide

Use hydrogen peroxide for removing red wine stains from wool rugs

Tools you’ll need to get started:

  • Medical strength hydrogen peroxide (3%…stronger will bleach your carpet)
  • 1 or 2 clean white cloths

Step 1: Mix 3 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle.

Step 2: Spray liberally on the wine stain.

Step 3: Let it stand for at least 20 minutes.

Step 4: Use the bowl of water to blot and rinse out the mixture completely.

Step 5: Use a clean dry towel to blot the spot dry.

2. How to Clean Dried Red Wine from Wool Carpet

Tools you’ll need to get started:

  • 1 bowl for cleaning mixture

Step 1: Mix 2 cups warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid in the bowl.

Step 2: Using the natural sponge blot liberally on the stain.

Step 3: Keep blotting and rinsing the sponge until you see the stain fade.

Step 4: Use fresh water to blot and rinse out the mixture completely.

Step 5: Use a clean dry towel to blot the spot dry.

Step 6: If the stain is still visible repeat until it is gone. If it persists use the hydrogen peroxide procedure from above. If your carpet is white you can use peroxide twice.

Red Wine Stain Removal with Commercial Carpet Cleaning Products

When none of the remedies above work, you will need to use a commercial cleaner. Be sure to read the description so check that it matches your fabric, and read the directions.

Follow the directions that came with your commercial cleaner carefully. These are specially formulated for this job. The following is a list of cleaners I or my friends have used. They all work well, but they are not cheap.

FAQ’s About Red Wine Stain Removal:

Q1: Can toothpaste remove wine stains?

It probably could, but toothpaste is an abrasive, and would need scrubbing action that damages carpet fibers. In addition, it is not easy to wash out. Finally, your gums are far more sensitive than your carpet, so maybe it is not a strong as that. Bleaching paste or liquid would probably discolor your carpet.,

Q2: Is hydrogen peroxide safe for wool rugs or it’s responsible for discoloration?

When 3% hydrogen peroxide is used as shown above it is totally safe for your carpet, Do not use the hair coloring product as it may dissolve your carpet.

Q3: Can I use Oxiclean to remove red wine stain from wool carpet?

Yes, use as directed above with other treatments or buy the Oxyclean made for carpet stain removal.

Q4: Can I use white vinegar to remove red wine stain from wool carpet?

Yes, white vinegar is listed above in the first few treatments. However, on its own it does not work. You need to add baking soda to get the right chemical action.

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