A rapid reaction is probably the most vital aspect to remove red wine from carpet. That means move your ass. The quicker the spill is tended to, the higher the chance will be of removing the wine stain completely.
The first step in removing red wine from carpet is to extract as much of the wine as possible. Paper towels are helpful in removing the excess wine, but a shop vac works best. The shop vac should be positioned over the spill and the vacuum will do it’s job. For those using paper towels, place a several towels on top of the spill and apply pressure. The paper towels should stay put for about 20 minutes or until fully soaked and replaced with a fresh stack if necessary, until the area is almost dry.
When most of the liquid has been absorbed, the stain treatment can begin. There are several options to choose when trying to remove the stain. One way to remove it, surprisingly, is with more wine. Not red wine, but white wine. White wine dilutes the color of the stain. White wine can be used to extract the wine as well. The spill area can be doused with white wine and extracted with a shop vac.
Another option, not quite as effective as the former one, is to remove the stain with club soda. The high salt content and carbonation can help to lift the stain away from the fibers in the carpet. Club soda can be used in the same manner as white wine, by pouring the soda over the stain and extracting with the shop vac.
Salt is another method that is commonly used for red wine stain removal because it absorbs liquid naturally. After the liquid has been soaked up, pour salt over the spill and allow it to set while you get the stain solution. Then the salt can be vacuumed up and the final stain removal can begin.
The stain remover may be either your own solution or a household carpet spot cleaner. One recipe for a stain-fighting solution is to mix a cup of peroxide and a teaspoon of mild dish soap or carpet shampoo. The solution may be applied to the area and blotted clean with a towel or a sponge. It is important when removing a stain, such as red wine, to blot and never to rub the stain, which pushes the stain deeper into the carpet and could result in a bigger issue than a mere surface stain.
Therefore, the steps for removal include: applying the solution, blotting the stain, rinsing the area with water and then, extracting. These steps can be repeated until the stain is completely removed. After the area is cleaned, it is important to give the area one last rinse and extraction in order to remove residue build-up caused by the cleaning agents.
The two most important rules in removing red wine stain carpet: 1) fast reaction time and 2) blot, blot, blot (never rub!). If these steps are followed (and repeated) they should successfully remove red wine from your carpet.