How to Remove a Red Wine Stain from a Persian Rug

If you have spilt red wine on your Persian rug, it might seem like the end of the world. Wine can damage the fibres of the rug and leave an unsightly stain. However, if you act quickly you can successfully remove a red wine stain from your Persian rug by following these simple steps.

What you need

  • White vinegar
  • Washing-up bowl or bucket
  • Paper towels

Blot the stain

While the red wine is still wet, you should use the paper towels to blot the stain. This will help you to lift as much wine from the rug as possible before you attempt to wash the rug clean. Do not rub the stain, as this will spread the stain deeper into your rug, making it impossible to clean.

Soak the stain in a vinegar solution

Mix a solution of white vinegar and warm water. You should use two litres of water and one cup of vinegar and stir them them so they are mixed well. Then place the rug on a waterproof surface or take it outside and place it over a washing-up bowl or bucket. Ensure that the stained area is located over the container. Next, pour the water and vinegar solution over the stained area and allow it to run through the rug into the container below. The white vinegar will help to wash out the remaining wine and neutralise any odours.

Blot again and ventilate

You should then use more paper towels to blot the stained area again; this will help to remove any excess water from the rug. Next, place the rug in an area which is well ventilated and warm until it is thoroughly dry. Place the rug on a workbench or two chairs to allow air to circulate, which will accelerate the drying process. However, you should avoid direct sunlight as this could cause the rug to fade. When you are certain that the rug is completely dry, you need to vacuum it using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum cleaner. This will to help to lift the pile of the rug, helping to restore it to its former condition.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to quickly and effectively remove red wine stains and odours from your Persian rug. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you should have your Persian rug professionally cleaned by a carpet and rug cleaning company to keep it looking nice and fresh.