The Trouble With Wine Stains: How to Remove Red Wine From Your Carpet

If you've spilt some on your carpet, you may be in a bit of a panic. However, there's no need to worry! This blog post covers exactly why red wine stains are so hard to remove from carpets, as well as how to remove them properly.

Why Are Wine Stains Hard To Remove?

The main reason why wine stains are so difficult to remove from carpets is the tannins in the wine. Tannins are a naturally occurring substance that gives wines their characteristic dryness and astringency. It also helps give red wines their deep red colour. When this compound meets with carpet fibres, it acts like a dye and binds itself firmly to the fibres.

How Can You Remove Wine Stains From Carpets?

First, try to absorb as much liquid as possible with an absorbent cloth or paper towel. If you don't have one of these on hand, another reliable way of removing a large amount of stain is by pressing the stained area firmly with salt. Blot the area gently with cold water after that, then mix a solution of mild detergent or dish soap in warm water and apply it gently to the stained area using a damp cloth. This should break down the stain before finally rinsing the affected area thoroughly and allowing it to dry.

If this does not work, you may need to contact a professional carpet cleaning service. The contractors will use tools and chemical treatments to remove the stain. For example, they may use a steam cleaner to blast the stain with hot water and specialised cleaning agents which can break down the dye molecules in the wine. One danger of attempting DIY carpet clean is that you will cause further damage to the carpet by using strong chemical cleaners or by rubbing the stain too vigorously. However, because cleaning agents know what they are doing, you can rest easy as they can minimise the risk of further damage occurring to your carpet.


Red wine stains can be tricky, but they don't have to be impossible. By following the steps above, you can easily remove any unsightly wine stains from your carpet quickly and effectively. So go ahead — enjoy your next glass of red without fear. Just remember that if an accident does happen, you will have the knowledge needed to address the situation and the support of a cleaning service.

For more information on carpet cleaning services, contact a professional near you.