How to Get Red Wine out of Carpet

We’ve all been there - you are busy enjoying your evening, and the next thing you know you have spilled red wine all over your beautiful carpet. 

Luckily there is an easy and effective way to remove it, so no one will ever know that it was there. Even though you would think that red wine would be a harder challenge to tackle than removing old tea stains from a carpet or removing a hot chocolate stain from your carpet, it really isn’t.

It is also much easier than figuring out how to remove spoiled milk smell from your carpet, so don’t worry about the stain too much.

We are going to offer you some helpful tips on how to get red wine out of your carpet in no time.

What this article covers:

What is The Best Product To Remove Red Wine Stains From A Carpet?

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Red wine is an organic stain and not a synthetic stain. Something like red lipstick would classify as a synthetic stain, and the approach that you take to remove the two stains is different. 

With organic red stains, it is best to use an oxidizing agent, such as hydrogen peroxide, to remove the stain. For synthetic red stains, on the other hand, it is best to use a reducing agent, which you should keep in mind if you want to remove food coloring from a carpet, for example.  

For this reason, the best carpet cleaning chemicals to use would be a combination of our Rave Spotter stain remover, and our Urine Stain & Odor Remover (USOR) Unchained

Both of these products contain Hydrogen Peroxide and are oxidizing agents so they will work wonders on your red wine stain. 

While the USOR Unchained may be targeted at the removal of urine stains and odors, it contains hydrogen peroxide. This makes it an oxidizing agent and is also perfect for removing red wine stains from your carpet. 

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Best Way To Remove Red Wine From A Carpet

Step 1: Gather The Necessary Equipment

There are a few things other than Rave Spotter and USOR Unchained that you are going to need to remove the red wine stain from your carpet. 

We have listed each item that you will need below: 

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Step 2: Blot Up As Much Wine As Possible

Use the paper towels to blot up as much red wine as possible, just as you would if you were cleaning coffee out of your carpet. But, you mustn’t rub the spot, only blot it. 

Make sure to use quite a few paper towels, as you don’t want them to get too saturated with red wine. If they do, you will be blotting more red wine back onto the carpet, and you don’t want that. 

So, if a paper towel is saturated, use a fresh one to continue blotting. 

Keep going until you can’t soak up any more wine. 

Step 3: Spray The Rave Spotter Over The Stain

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Spray the Rave Spotter onto your stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. Make sure that it is damp, and not soaking wet. 

This stain remover is an oxidizing agent, as we mentioned, and it works brilliantly for organic stains like red wine, and when you want to remove turmeric from a carpet

Step 4: Apply The USOR Unchained

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The next step is to saturate the red wine stain with the USOR Unchained. Dilute this product with water as stipulated in the instructions, and then spray it over the stain until the area is saturated. 

Step 5: Accelerate The Oxidation Process

This step is to accelerate the oxidation process, and as a result, the stain removal process, too. The key to accelerating this process is applying heat. 

To do this, your old towel and iron will come into play. Wet your towel so that it is damp, and then place it over the stain. Make sure that the iron is hot, and then use it to iron over the towel in the area of the stain. 

Be careful with this step, as you don’t want to burn your towel or carpet. Keep the contact time between the iron and towel to about 15 - 30 seconds. Repeatedly apply and remove the iron for at least 5 minutes. 

Once this is done, you can let the product sit on the stain for a few more minutes. 

Step 6: Use The Prespray

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Next up is to apply the prespray. Dilute it with water as instructed, and spray it onto the red wine.  

Step 7: Agitate The Carpet

Now it is time to agitate the carpet. This simply means loosening the particles and molecules of the stain with a bit of force. 

This can be done with our CRB or a normal carpet brush. 

Step 8: Use A Rinse

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Rinsing the carpet once you are done is very important. If you don’t it can lead to product build-up, which can lead to further stains and spoiling of the carpet. 

Use one of our rinses to flush out all of the product and leave your carpet looking fresh and clean. 

Step 9: Dry The Carpet

Allow your carpet to dry fully before replacing it in its original spot. To help you speed up this process, we would advise using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, or our CRB carpet cleaner to help you remove any excess water from the carpet. 


While it might be an inconvenience and a stressful event, spilling red wine on your carpet is not the end of the world, and has a straightforward fix. 

When you follow the correct steps and use the right products, it is much easier to remove red wine from a carpet than it is to get syrup out of a carpet, for example. 

These tips will make you a carpet cleaning pro and will make sure that you have nothing to worry about.

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