How to clear up red wine vomit off my carpet?

Red wine vomit

How to clear up red wine vomit off my carpet?

With Christmas just around the corner, wine flowing freely and happy little children, clumsy adults and excited pets running around, one of the worst things that can happen is a red wine stain on your carpet. Or even those over-indulgent times when the tummy is just not large enough to hold all that red wine and food.

We’re here to help you with removing red wine vomit stains from your carpets.  Last year we had calls from all over the northern suburbs of Perth including areas like Duncraig, Sorrento, Carine and Kingsley.

Successfully removing any and all stains is down to several factors:

  1. Acting fast enough
  2. Using the right method
  3. Understanding the actual contents of spill e.g. if Acid or Alkaline based.

If not completely neutralized on fabric or carpets, it will effectively remove the dye sites completely leaving a yellow/brownish stain which cannot be reversed.



  1. 500ml spray bottle with liquid soap and water mixture (two caps of liquid soap to 500ml water)
  2. 500ml spray bottle of cold water and part white vinegar mix 20 ml vinegar to 480ml water.
  3. Box of bicarbonate of soda
  4. Roll of white kitchen paper towel or old clean white t-towels/cloths
  5. Rubber gloves
  6. Plastic spatula or an old soup spoon.
  7. Optional but recommended, a bottle of enzymatic cleaner (Can use a generic shop bought or commercial one sourced online such as Enzyme Wizard general spot and stain remover)
  8. Disinfectant
  9. Eucalyptus oil spray or your favourite natural oil deodorant.


 Wearing your rubber gloves, use spatula or spoon scrape up as much of the spill as you can.

  • Once happy with the vomit stain residue removal, liberally apply the liquid soap mix and gently agitate into area working from the centre out. DO NOT OVER WET! DO NOT SCRUB! This step is designed to break down any oils/fats or grease from the vomit, so leave in the carpet for at least 20 minutes.   (This is called dwell time, the time it takes to break down and loosen fat deposits).
  • After 20 minutes absorb as much as possible using the white kitchen towel.
  • To remove the red wine, liberally spray using your white vinegar and water mix, push into the spill area allowing it to penetrate (soak).
  • Leave another 20 minutes. repeat as necessary until red colour is removed.
  • Spray area with a little disinfectant and a few drops/sprays of your favourite natural oils for deodorizing.
  • Sprinkle on enough bicarb to make a small mound on top of treated area/areas
  • Fold up several sheets of white paper kitchen towel and place on top of bicarb, place a heavy object like a book on top of that and leave for 24 hours.
  • Remove kitchen towel and when completely dry vacuum up Bi-Carb.


Not all fibres or fabrics respond the same, be sure to test first in an inconspicuous area to make sure the solution doesn’t harm the colour. However, if all else fails to remove the red wine stain (especially on a white carpet), mix one-part hand dish washing detergent with two parts hydrogen peroxide. Sponge on; blot off. Rinse well.

If in doubt, call us at Alpine Carpet and Tile Cleaning to discuss your problems. Advice is always free and we love a chat.

Can’t remove it yourself? Get a free quote today!


Please note that this and any other tips that are given in our D.I.Y blog is to assist you in minimizing any discolouration or staining damage.  Please follow instructions and measurements carefully as use of different quantities may have unintended consequences.  These tips do not take into account individual circumstances, and we cannot be held responsible for any claim or action that may arise from using the information on this website.

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