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Removing Wine Stains

Accidents happen, but when they happen with red wine, someone is bound to get quite upset. If the spill is caught in time, luckily there are ways to remove red wine stains.

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  • While your first reaction is to want to rub, wash, or even smear the stain, which could set it, the best thing to do, regardless of the fabric or surface, is to simply blot the stain and excess wine immediately with a dry paper towel
  • If you stain a dry clean only garment or table cloth, do not pretreat the fabric
  • If you stained a machine washable fabric, after you blot, mix one teaspoon of mild dish soap (Joy, Dawn, etc.) with one cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl. Soak a clean sponge in the mixture and blot the stain away. (Best to test a small corner of the fabric just to be safe the peroxide won't stain)
  • Make sure to place a towel or napkin in between the two layers of your shirt or pants so the wine doesn't bleed onto the stain free side
  • If your fabric is washable, wash immediately in cold water and air dry. Repeat if necessary. If your fabric is dry clean only, again, don't pretreat it and take it to the cleaners as soon as possible
  • If you do not have peroxide handy, club soda is another good home remedy. The carbonation has been known to lift stains right up
  • Pouring white wine over the red wine stain is another good tip. The white wine will neutralize the red. Blot with a thick towel and remember, do not rub or smear the stain
  • Salt is another proven household remedy that works on both fabrics and carpets. Simply blot the stain and pour salt on the surface. The salt will prevent the stain from setting until you can properly treat the surface
  • Baking soda is yet another option. Once the wine has been blotted, pour some water on the carpet, cover with excess baking soda, and once it is dried, vacuum

I hope these tips help you the next time you have a dinner party disaster or a spill at a restaurant. Wine Away is a great product sold at most grocery stores that every home should have and if any of you have tips that I have missed, please share below!


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imahoopie imahoopie 10 years
Here is another tip: Use ice cubes! Place a towel inbetween the front and back of the clothing so stain doesn't transfer to the other side, then place ice cubes over the stain and two inches outside the border. Leave on until ice has completely melted. This also works for blood stains, and is great for things you can't throw in the wash, like a mattress. I don't know how it works but it works. You can do it several times if needed, but it usually works after 1-2 tries. If there is still a hint, soak item in sink with cold water and ice. If the item is machine washable, throw it in a cold wash afterwards. And like chutzpah said, there are products you can buy for this that work great, too.
chutzpah chutzpah 10 years
About 3 years ago we had a major red wine disaster on our white carpets on Thanksgiving. While I went into the kitchen to stop myself from yelling, 2 of our guests got down on their hands and knees with every glass and bottle of white wine in the house and got most of it up. The next morning I called my carpet cleaner and he told me to buy Wine Away which you can buy at any wine store. It was amazing!! The red wine spill encompassed an area of about 2 feet and there is not even a hint of red anywhere. I highly recommend Wine Away to all of you. And by the way, it works on clothing and any type of fabric!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I just had a major red wine accident on my carpet a few weeks ago, and my "How To Clean Just About Anything" (or something like that) book told me to try hydrogen peroxide. I was a little nervous about it, but it totally got rid of the red and didn't hurt the carpet at all! It turned my hand completely white for a while, though... :O
Advah Advah 10 years
A few months ago I spilled some red wine on my fav white shirt, and my friends gave me exactly the same tips. I didn't have club soda so I used white wine; the stain turned yellow-ish/pink-ish for the rest of the night (def less noticeable!). The next day I sprayed some Vanish on the stain and put in the machine, it came out of there totally stainless.
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