A Fool-Proof Guide for Getting Wine Out of Carpet and Upholstery

A Fool-Proof Guide for Getting Wine Out of Carpet and Upholstery

One of the worst things that can happen to a carpet or upholstery is a red wine stain. They are notoriously hard to get out and if the spot isn’t treated properly it could leave a permanent and unsightly stain. Experts recommend that carpeting and upholstery be cleaned by professional carpet cleaning services at least once every year to year and a half, but you never know when a stain is going to happen. Here’s what you need to know about how to remove wine stains from carpets and upholstery.


For carpeting you’re going to need three things: Detergent, white vinegar, and water. Mix about a teaspoon of the detergent with about a cup of warm water. Make sure your detergent doesn’t have any bleach in it — this could discolor your carpet permanently and call for replacement. Next make a solution of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water.

Use a clean cloth to soak up some of the detergent solution and blot over the stain. Never wipe or scrub, since this could damage the carpet fibers and leave a dull area. Furthermore, don’t dump the solution on the stain. After you have blotted the area with the detergent solution, do the same with the vinegar solution. Repeat with step one if necessary.


For cleaning a wine stain out of upholstery, you’re only going to need detergent and water. You could use dry cleaning solvent in place of the detergent, but if you don’t have any in the house, a liquid dish soap will do the job. Mix about a tablespoon of the detergent with two cups of cool water. Make sure to test the solution on an inconspicuous part of the upholstery before applying.

The process for cleaning upholstery is a lot like that for cleaning a carpet. Again, you never want to wipe or scrub at a stain, since this can damage the fibers of your upholstery. Blot until the liquid is absorbed instead, repeating until the stain is gone.

Even if you hire professional carpet and upholstery cleaning services once a year (which is a good thing — since several pounds of dirt can accumulate over the course of a year) spot cleaning is super important for the lifetime of your carpeting.

Do you have any tips on how to remove wine stains from carpets and upholstery? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.

Brian Ferrentino