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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet and Upholstery

Many people enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, but enjoyment can quickly turn into panic when you accidentally spill your Cabernet on your carpet or upholstery. The good news is, if you start removing the stain before it fully sets into your carpet or upholstery, you’ll have a much better chance of getting rid of it.

Here are a few steps you can follow to try and remove your red wine stains:

Carpet –

Water and baking soda method:

1)Use a white cloth to blot as much of the stain as you can.

2)After blotting, pour cold water directly onto the stain. Continue blotting until you've lifted as much of the stain as possible.

3)Prepare a baking soda paste. Mix a three to one ratio of water to baking soda and apply it to the affected area.

4)Once the paste is dry, vacuum the stain.

Vinegar method:

1)Use a clean cloth or paper towels to blot the stain.

2)Pour two cups of warm water into a bowl. Add one tablespoon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix.

3)Dip a sponge into the solution and apply directly onto the stain.

4)Continue to blot until the stain has lifted.


Upholstery –

1)Blot up as much of the wine as possible.

2)Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

3)Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the solution.

4)Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

5)Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.

6)Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

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