Removing Red Wine Stains

by Amy Gordon
(last updated May 26, 2014)

Red wine may make a good drink, but it does not make a good fabric cover. If you have ever spilled red wine on your clothing or your carpet, you know that it stains quickly and is difficult to remove no matter what. Now, there are more than one ways to remove red wine stains. The different methods will probably work, but nearly all of them require one thing in common: you must act quickly. The quicker you act, the better. By attacking a spill just after it happens, you're more likely to stop the red wine from setting and are more likely to prevent a stain.

For your first step, you can do one of two things. You can either pour white wine over the red spill, or you can just blot the red wine with a clean cloth. Either way, do not rub the spill. Rubbing it will only make the stain worse. Afterwards, sponge the area with hot water, being careful again to blot, not rub. Use a clean cloth to dry.

Another tip you can try either in combination with that given above or on its own is to pour salt and warm water on the spill. Club soda is a good alternative to salt and warm water, if you want to try that instead.. The salt will soak up the spill from the affected area. Alternatives to salt include talcum powder and baking soda.

If the red wine stain has already set in, try mixing dishwashing soap with hydrogen peroxide. The chemical reaction should help remove the red stain. The soap creates solubility in the stain that allows the peroxide to remove it. If the stain is on clothing, you can just add this mixture to the wash. On the carpet, pour it over the stain, and blot with a clean cloth.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


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