Don’t Whine Over Spilled Wine
Dab the spill with a clean cloth to try to soak up any excess wine immediately, if not sooner. Now you can go after the stains with a myriad of cleaning options. First you can take your favorite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would if the wine stain were any other kind of dirt on the carpet or clothing. Here are a few other options:
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Try to blot up as much of the wine as possible and then spray hydrogen peroxide on the stain, followed by a hefty sprinkle of baking soda. Ensure the peroxide and soda fully cover the stained area and let it sit for a couple of minutes; then rinse.
White wine neutralizes red wine and makes it easier to lift off of your carpet or clothing. Simply pour white wine over the stain and very gently blot the liquid up with a thick towel (DO NOT RUB– this will force the stain into the fibers). If the stain is still visible, you can add salt or soda to continue lifting.
The carbonation will help to lift the stain from the carpet fibers while the salt keeps the stain from setting.
Vinegar and Soap or Soda
Vinegar neutralizes the purple pigments and can be combined with the stain-fighting force of either soap or soda.
Oxy Carpet Cleaner
Scotchgard’s Oxy Carpet Cleaner works well to lift stains and is a stain protector.
Salt can be poured on the spill to keep the wine from setting.
There are several solid methods for removing red wine stains that have worked well in a pinch, see which one works well for you. Just remember, whatever you do, don’t let the spill sit for long before taking action, the longer it sits the more difficult it will be to lift the stain from your carpet or clothing.