So, you spilt your red wine. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us, but your next steps are crucial. Red wine can ruin your carpet, rug, clothes and so much more, but worst of all, you’ve just wasted a glass of wine.

But don’t worry, that’s why we’ve created this article to help you remove red wine from any surface or material. We can’t get the wine back, but at the very least we can revive your shirt or carpet.


How To Remove Wine From Carpet

Carpet drank your wine? No worries, follow these steps to get red wine out of carpet.

  1. Grab a clean cloth and blot out the wine stain right away. Don’t rub! Blot or dab. The longer the wine has to sit and marinate in your carpet, the harder it will be to get the wine stain out.
  2. If your cloth isn’t big enough to cover the entire red wine spill, start from the outer corners and move your way in, this will prevent the stain from getting any bigger.
  3. Apply cold water to the red wine stain and keep blotting. It’ll get a little harder to remove the remainder of the stain, so add some water to the area to dilute the wine on the carpet.
  4. Combine a ½ a teaspoon of ammonia, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, 4 teaspoons of dish soap and 1 cup of water.
  5. Dab your mixture onto the stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then blot with a rag dipped in cold water.
  6. Don’t have ammonia? Try salt to remove your wine stain! Salt will help absorb the moisture from the red wine spill. However, this method will not work on a dry stain, so make sure you do this while the stain is still wet!
  7. Let the salt sit, it’ll absorb the wine and turn pink-ish. Once that’s done, scoop away the excess salt and vacuum up the rest.


How To Remove Wine Stains From Clothes

Did you spill wine on your white shirt? Don’t throw it out just yet, follow the simple steps to salvage your wine-stained clothing:

  1. As always never rub a wine stain! Use a clean cloth to dab the fabric until the cloth absorbs some of the red wine.
  2. Pull the fabric taut. Another way to do this without stretching your shirt out is to place the stained area tightly over a bowl and secure it with an elastic band or hair tie.
  3. Sprinkle salt on the area of the clothing with the red wine stain. Let the salt sit for a bit until it absorbs some of the spilled wine.
  4. Slowly and carefully,pour boiling water over the red wine stain. Pour the boiling water at about a height of 8 inches to provide enough force to flush out the wine stain.
  5. If needed, blot the stain again until it’s fully removed.
  6. Machine wash the item on the hottest setting. Do not wash the item until the red wine stain is fully removed, otherwise the heat from the dryer will cause the wine to set, becoming a permanent stain.


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