Inevitably someone at your holiday party spills red wine on your carpet or upholstery. The first thing you should do to remove a red wine stain when it hits your carpet or upholstery is to absorb as much as you can with a towel. STAND on the towel, DO NOT RUB THE STAIN. Then rinse with cool water, absorb the moisture and call a professional. The biggest mistake you can make is trying to remove the stain yourself with home-made remedies. This often results in permanently setting the stain in the carpet or upholstery and sometimes making it impossible for a professional to remove the stain entirely.
Red stains can be difficult to remove because they actually add dye to the carpet fiber. It is not a matter of just removing a substance that is on the carpet fiber. It requires changing the molecular structure of the dye in the carpet fiber. Chem-Dry offers a product called Red Alert that can frequently get red stains out of the carpet and upholstery.