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How to Remove Wine Stains

Red Wine StainWe’ve all done it or have witnessed it…we’ve all seen that glass of red wine topple over and spill on the carpet or furniture. Quick action can save your fabric from becoming permanently stained. You definitely will find wine stain removal much easier if the mark is still wet.

If you have a spray bottle handy, fill it with water preferably. Club soda or white wine can be used if no water is handy. Spray the affected area with water to dilute the wine. If you do not have a spray bottle, carefully pour the liquid onto the stain. With a clean towel, blot the wet spot from the outside towards the center. This will help prevent spreading of the redness out further. Do not rub, this will work the wine deeper into the fabric or carpet and spread it outwards.

Hydrogen peroxide and soap work on clothing, fabric, or carpet. Do not use on dry-clean only materials as this may irreversibly damage them. For fabric, combine equal parts of liquid dish detergent with hydrogen peroxide and mix in a bowl. Dampen a sponge with the mixture, squeezing out the excess before moving to the stain. Blot the stain gently with the mixture-soaked sponge. Let this sit a moment or two to allow it time to work. Blot the spot with a towel as described in the previous method. Repeat this process until the discoloration is gone. For carpets, the process itself and the soap used are different. First, apply hydrogen peroxide to the carpet stain and allow it to soak for a few moments. Then using a spray bottle mixed with one part water to one part carpet cleaner soap, mist the stain. Blot with a clean cloth and repeat until the stain is removed.

If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide handy, you may wish to try the soap, water, and white vinegar method. One tablespoon of dish detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar are added to two cups of lukewarm water and stirred. Apply using a sponge or towel and blot. Repeat as necessary.

A little white wine poured onto your red wine stain will make removing the stain easier. Apply just enough to cover the stain, and then blot. This will not remove the stain, simple make it a little easier to get up using one of the methods above.

For dry red wine stains, you can make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the stain, and allow it to sit. Come back and reapply or ensure the area is still damp from time to time, then wash the fabric or carpet.

It is probably easiest with dry red wine stains to go ahead and purchase a commercial stain remover, many of which also have a pre-treatment product available for stubborn stains. The home remedies above are not as likely to remove a dried stain, which is why it is important to try to get the stain while it is wet. Always use lukewarm water in these remedies, never hot. Hot water will set the stain making it very difficult to remove it. Always blot, never rub or aggressively scrub a wine stained piece as this will push the stain deeper into the fabric.