How to Remove Red Wine Stains
Love red wine but not red wine stains? We can help!
By: Kristin Anderson, Editor, TheWineBuyingGuide.com
If you love red wine (and your guests love red wine), then chances are that you’ll eventually have a spill to clean. Red wine stains can be difficult to remove, and time is usually an important factor in cleaning successfully. So, it’s best to know exactly what to do before you have a spill.
It’s important to treat red wine stains as early as possible. As red wine spends time on the fibers of your fabric, it sinks in and becomes difficult to remove.
It’s also important to not scrub the stain. Scrubbing the stain works the red wine deeper into your fabric, making it more difficult to remove.
Begin each stain removal by gently blotting the wine to pick up as much of the excess liquid as possible (but don’t rub or scrub). Paper towels work well for this.
After blotting the stain, here are a few methods of completing the cleaning process. Some of these methods are great for carpets, and others are better for clothing or tablecloths.
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Methods for Removing Red Wine Stains
Method 1: Salt
This is a classic method for dealing with red wine stains. This works on tablecloths, clothes, carpet, or furniture. After gently blotting any excess wine with a paper towel, cover the stain liberally with salt. Let it sit for around 5 minutes or up to overnight, and the salt will absorb the red wine. Then, remove the salt and wash with detergent and water.
Method 2: Club Soda
Many people swear by the power of club soda to lift out stains like red wine. Simply pour club soda directly onto your red wine stain, and let it soak. You can also combine club soda with salt for added stain-lifting action. This method will work on clothing, carpet, or furniture.
Method 3: Soap and Hydrogen Peroxide
If the stain is a little more stubborn (maybe you weren’t able to get to it right away), then it’s a good idea to try a heftier stain fighter. A combination of liquid dish soap and hydrogen peroxide is a popular DIY method of removing stubborn stains. Some recipes call for a 1:1 ratio of soap to hydrogen peroxide, but that ratio can vary. Pour some of the solution onto the stain and let it sit, then gently rinse and repeat as needed (don’t scrub).
Method 4: Scalding Hot Water
This method for removing red wine might make you feel like you are righteously scorching the stain out of your fabric. Stretch the stained piece of clothing or tablecloth over a sink or bucket. From a height of about 8 inches, carefully pour boiling water directly over the stain. The heat and force of the water will immediately wash the stain away. This method works best on sturdy, colorfast fabrics. It’s a perfect solution for tablecloths!
If your red wine stain persists, don’t dry the fabric. That will set the stain.
Instead, try another of these methods. There are also a number of commercial stain removers and detergents that may help remove red wine stains. Finally, check the comments below to see if our community has some great tips for removing red wine stains!
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