How to remove red wine stains from a carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Don't worry-- while that bright red stain on your carpet might look like the end of the world, it doesn't stand a chance against these stain-busting instructions. Follow them with patience and determination and you can have it out in no time.

Blot the spill with paper towels or a clean cloth.

Combine 1 teaspoon carpet shampoo (or dish soap, like Dawn) and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture, squeeze it halfway dry, then gently blot the stain. Continue until the stain lifts.

Sponge the stained area with warm water.

Blot dry with a clean cloth or paper towels.


Act immediately. The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove. Commerical products like Oxy Clean and Wine Away do an excellent job of removing red wine stains, but try this homemade version if you don't have either of those on hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels or clean cloth
  • Rug Doctor brand carpet shampoo or dish soap
  • Warm Water
  • Sponge
  • Hydrogen peroxide
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