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Party Foul: How to Remove Red Wine from Carpet

What fun is having a clean, beautiful home if you don’t use it once-in-a-while to entertain guests? Of course, spills go hand-hand with parties, and when they do, your home can stay beautiful with these tips on how to remove red wine from carpet. Turns out, there’s basically nothing that a few select common household products can’t solve when paired with tenacious blotting and re-blotting.

How to Remove Red Wine with Club Soda

A go-to red wine stain remover since it was invented in 1767, club soda works just as well today:

  • Blot the stain as well as you can with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Pour club soda on it.
  • Blot again.
  • Pour more club soda.
  • Blot again, and so on, until the stain is gone.

How to Remove Red Wine with Detergent & White Vinegar

No club soda, either? Still no problem:

  • Blot the stain as well as possible.
  • Prepare a cleaning solution: Add a tablespoon of hand dishwashing soap and a tablespoon of white vinegar to two cups of warm water.
  • Using white cloth, only – so pigment from the cloth doesn’t bleed into your carpet – apply a small pour onto the stain, blotting frequently until the stain vanishes.

How to Remove Red Wine with Hydrogen Peroxide

No vinegar? There’s a last resort, with an ounce of danger since it might cause some carpet discoloration:

  • Blot the stain as best you can with clean, dry cloth.
  • Mix two-parts hydrogen peroxide to one-part dishwashing soap and test it by applying it to a small, out-of-sight part of your carpet or rug.
  • If it does not discolor the fabric, continue.
  • Apply the solution to the red wine carpet stain.
  • Blot and repeat until the stain is no more.

Best Products: Wine Away and Chateau Spill

For the next spill – and you know there will be a “next” – you can make the job easier on yourself with a commercial wine remover product.

The best commercially available product made specifically for removing red wine stains is Wine Away ($8.50 for 12 fl. oz.). It was deemed the best red wine removal solution on the market by the editors at Good Housekeeping. Popular with the wine-happy residents of northern California wine country (and commonly found for sale in Napa Valley wineries), Wine Away can even remove dried stains from bright white carpet, tablecloth or clothing, and is safe around kids.

Another product, Chateau Spill, was ruled the top red wine stain remover by Wired magazine.

Mankind has been spilling red wine for centuries and cleaning it up, too. Please contact your local Molly Maid or call us at (800) 654-9647 today and get a quote for home cleaning service that fits your needs, your schedule and your budget. That way, you can spend more time preparing for your next party – and curating that perfect wine list!

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