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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Your Carpet

Cabernet and carpet don't mix, but if you act quickly you can save the day.


  • Step 1: Immediately blot the stain -- don't rub it, blot it -- with paper towels. Start from the outer edges of the stain and work your way in.
  • TIP: If you don't have anything else on hand, pour a thick layer of salt on the stain to keep it from setting. When you have the proper cleaning ingredients, vacuum up the salt and follow the rest of the steps.
  • Step 2: Mix together the dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, and warm water in a bowl.
  • Step 3: Blot the mixture onto the stain with a clean white rag, starting at the outer edges of the stain. As you go, blot the same area with a dry rag or paper towels, alternating between dabbing on the cleaning solution and blotting it dry.
  • TIP: For stubborn stains, pour a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide on the stain, but first dab a little on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won't cause discoloration.
  • Step 4: When the stain is gone, dampen a clean white rag with cold water and blot the area again.
  • Step 5: Blot the area dry with another clean white rag or paper towels.
  • Step 6: Stop blotting, you're done. Now toast your good work with a glass of wine -- just sip carefully.
  • FACT: The tannins in red wine that make these stains are so stubborn they can even stain stone.

You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
  • 1 tbsp. of white vinegar
  • 2 c. of warm water
  • A bowl
  • A few clean white rags
  • And some cold water
  • Some salt (optional) (optional)
  • And some hydrogen peroxide (optional) (optional)

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