Red Wine Stain Removal: Tips that Work

Any hobby comes with risks and the occasional accident. For wine-loving folks, this usually comes in the form of a spill. Every now and then, inebriation from having a few too many glasses or just plain bad luck will cause even the most experienced wine drinker to knock over a glass of wine or simply swirl too aggressively. Unfortunately, wine is one of the hardest stains to remove, and quite often (and quite unfortunately) it is red wine that’s been spilled. Red wine stain removal is possible by following a few key instructions to make sure your favorite drink isn’t permanently stained on your floor or furniture.

As soon as you’ve spilled red wine on anything, blot the stain with paper towels to remove most of the moisture. The amount of elbow grease you have to put into red wine stain removal depends on how fast you act. If the item is dry clean only, simply blot out of the moisture and get it to the cleaners. It is very important that you do not use any liquid on dry clean only items! This can permanently damage the fabric.

The best thing you can do for a sudden stain is to fight fire with fire. As soon as you absorb the majority of the moisture from the red wine spill, pour a small amount of white wine on the stain if you have any. This neutralizes the tannins and proteins within the red wine stain that can create permanent damage.

Next, use a small amount of soap (Tide or Dawn work the best) with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide mixed together on a rag or sponge. If the wine stain is on clothing, place something behind the piece of cloth as you treat it, preventing the stain from spreading further. With the prepared mixture, blot the stain until the stain is out. Remember, always blot. Rubbing actually creates friction between the cleaning agent and the stain, which imprints the stain more into the fabric or carpet!

What if the stain has been there for a while? What if the pre-treatment doesn’t work? Fortunately, there are some more alternative solutions to red wine stain removal.

An alternative treatment to red wine stain removal from fabric or carpet is club soda and salt. When you’ve blotted the moisture from the stain, pour a small amount of club soda on the stain and sprinkle the salt. Allow the salt to dry and then vacuum the spot. If the stain still isn’t coming out completely, use a small amount of detergent or dish-soap. By now, the stain should be completely lifted.

For extra tough stains, or stains that have set for a while, a product called Wine-Away is an excellent red wine stain removal solution. Wine-Away is especially good for carpets and large areas where soap and hydrogen peroxide is impractical. Best of all Wine-Away doesn’t harm fabrics or even hard surfaces like marble or porcelain.

Wine drinking comes with its risks, but with a few simple products and a little elbow grease you can rest assured that you can red wine stain removal from your fabrics, carpets and furniture is entirely possible and not as hard as you might think.

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