The Cleaning Expert’s Guide to Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpets

Spilled Red Wine on Carpet

The Cleaning Expert’s Guide to Removing Red Wine Stains from Carpets

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We’ve all been there – one clumsy moment and a glass of Merlot ends up all over your lovely carpet. As professional cleaners at Regional Services, based in London, we know how frustrating these tricky spills can be! That’s why we’re sharing our expert guide to tackle red wine stains. Remember, the faster you act, the better your chances of completely removing the mark.

Why Act Quickly?

Red wine is one of the toughest stains to get out due to its pigments and tannins. The longer it sits, the deeper it sets into the carpet fibers, making it much harder to erase.

Essential Supplies

Gather these simple household items before you begin:

  • Clean, absorbent white cloths (to avoid transferring any colour from the cloth to the carpet)
  • Mild dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Carbonated water (also known as club soda)
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (optional, and use with caution on light-coloured carpets)
  • Commercial carpet stain remover (we can recommend our preferred brand)

Step-by-Step Wine Stain Removal Guide

  1. Blot, Don’t Rub: Blot up as much excess wine as possible using a clean cloth. Rubbing will only spread the stain.
  2. Dish Soap Solution: Mix a teaspoon of mild dish soap with warm water. Apply this solution gently to the stain with a clean cloth, blotting repeatedly.
  3. Carbonated Water: Pour carbonated water directly onto the stain and continue blotting. The bubbles help to lift the stain.
  4. Vinegar Solution: Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Apply to the stain and blot like before. Vinegar helps to neutralise the pigments in the wine.
  5. More Stubborn Stains: For older or tougher marks, try a paste of baking soda and water. Apply for a few minutes, then blot. Hydrogen peroxide can be effective but test on an inconspicuous area first as it may bleach some carpets. In some cases, a commercial stain remover may be necessary.

Drying and Aftermath

Dry the treated carpet area thoroughly with clean towels to prevent any water-related issues. Even with successful removal, a very faint mark might linger, but this shouldn’t be too noticeable. For particularly challenging stains (including large spills, old stains, or delicate carpet fibers) it’s best to call in a professional cleaning service like Regional Services.


  • “My red wine stain is already dry. What can I do?” First, try rewetting the area with plain water and then follow the steps above. Tougher stains might need stronger solutions or professional help from Regional Services.
  • “Are these methods safe for wool or silk carpets?” Natural fibers like these need extra care. Always test any cleaning solution in a hidden area first, and consider a professional service from Regional Services for delicate carpets.
  • “Are there other household items I can try?” Salt can be used to absorb moisture, but for the best results, we recommend sticking to the methods outlined above.

While you can tackle many red wine spills at home, some stains are simply too stubborn. For the toughest wine stains in London homes, trust the experts at Regional Services. Mention this blog for a free carpet assessment with any wine stain removal service!

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Regional Services are an experienced commercial and office cleaning company based in London. Regional Services are an award winning and fully accredited cleaning company who provide a full range of facility management services and expertise including cleaning, maintenance, waste removal, pest control, gardening and more.


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