How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Carpet

‘Tis the season for entertaining, which often means friends, family, extravagant meals and of course, wine.

Wine adds an elegant element to any event and enhances the enjoyment for you and your guests, but it can also halt the fun almost instantly if it is spilled on your rug or carpet.

Not to worry. Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog is here to help. Just follow some of these easy stain removal tips that require items typically found in most households and you can remove the red wine stain before it ruins your night or your rug or carpet.

Act Fast

Stop us if you have heard this from us before. You will want to act fast. Speed is crucial in removing any stain, but especially one as damaging as red wine. The moment you see the wine spill onto the carpet, grab a clean towel, preferably white, and blot the stain. Don’t scrub or press too hard. Scrubbing can grind the stain into the carpet.

After you have blotted the stain and soaked up as much as you can onto the towel, there are a few household items that could help you remove the stain.:

Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda

Lightly spray some hydrogen peroxide on the red win stain and then sprinkle some baking soda directly over it. The combination of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda works to dissolve the stains and soak up whatever particles break away from it. After a short time, blot the area with a towel and warm water and then vacuum the remaining baking soda from the floor.

Club Soda

Club soda and carbonation are great for cleaning most any stain from fabric or carpet. What happens is the bubbles from the carbonation penetrate deep within the stain and then pull it to the surface of the carpet for easy removal. Simply dab some club soda onto the red wine stain and watch the power of carbonation take over.

The principles of cleaning with carbonation have been mastered through the Chem-Dry signature cleaning solution, The Natural. To learn more about The Natural and carbonation as a cleaner, call Champion Chem-Dry at (414) 545-7900.

White Wine

This probably sounds a bit odd, but you might want to try pouring a little white wine over your red wine carpet stain. White wine is known to break down stains on hard surfaces and fabrics.


Salt has natural absorbing properties and is a staple of any pantry. Pour salt over the stain and then vacuum the salt and the stain particles from your floor.

Call a Professional

If none of these household items are able to remove the stain, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Champion Chem-Dry provides expert spot removal techniques from highly trained and experienced technicians. “If we can’t remove a stain, no one can!” is their motto.

Champion Chem-Dry carpet cleaning uses one fifth the moisture of steam cleaners and offers a greener, healthier and easier alternative to rental machines. Both locally and nationally, Chem-Dry is highly regarded in the industry and recognized with a Carpet & Rug Institute Platinum Seal of Approval.

How to Remove Pet Urine From Carpet

Dog owners love their puppies. Heck, everyone loves puppies! They’re cute. They’re cuddly. They’re a wonderful addition to a family and home. But, owning a puppy isn’t without frustration.

New puppies are prone to peeing on carpet before they are house trained and dog urine stains on carpet can be very harmful if not attended to.

If your puppy peed on your carpet, don’t despair! Waukesha Carpet Cleaning Blog has some great tips to to help remove pet urine stains from carpet.

Timing is of the essence when dealing with all carpet or fabric stains, but even more so when it comes to removing pet urine. The faster you attend to the stain, the better chance you have at preventing it from becoming permanent. If left uncleaned, pet urine can seep into your carpet pad and create an odor that will remain there. Even worse, the odor will be a signal to your puppy that that area of carpet is OK to continue peeing on.

White Rags or Cloths

Use a white rag, cloth or napkin to blot up the urine stain. Rags or napkins are best as you can simply throw them out once you’re done using them. It’s best to avoid colored cloths or those with printing or patterns to avoid any kind of bleeding into the wet area.
Apply light pressure around the edges of the stain in order to absorb as much of the urine as possible without spreading it to other areas of the carpet. Replace the rag or cloth with a dry one if need be and continue the process until the area is no longer damp.

White Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent alternative to harsh cleaning chemicals or detergents, and it is cheaper too! Simply combine a half cup of white vinegar with 1.5 cups of lukewarm water and mix them together. Next, drizzle the mixture over the pet urine carpet stain and let it soak in for somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes.

Once 10 minutes has passed, apply the same blotting technique from above until the area is no longer damp and free of both the urine and solution.


Some websites recommend the use of ammonia in order to remove pet urine odor from carpet. We however do not advise this. If used incorrectly or excessively, ammonia can potentially cause an unwanted color change in your carpet.

Call a Professional

If the stain is persists, we recommend calling a professional carpet cleaner in Waukesha. Champion Chem-Dry in Brookfield offers pet odor removal through their revolutionary product known as P.U.R.T.

The P.U.R.T. treatment is specifically designed to break down urine crystals and odor trapped in the pad of your carpet. The process has seen excellent results for Champion Chem-Dry customers in Delafield, Pewaukee, New Berlin, Mequon and surrounding Wisconsin cities.