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! ...

MORE FROM AMY

Remove Lipstick Stains

Lipstick has a nasty habit of making its way onto shirts. To remove lipstick stains, you can treat them with normal ...

Discover More

Removing Stains from Auto Carpets

It is best to clean auto carpets after removing them from the car, and to let them dry completely before replacing them. ...

Discover More

Gardening in Pots

Gardening in limited spaces can be done easily by planting in pots. Make sure you have good containers that will not ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Red Wine Carpet Stains

Perhaps one of the single most difficult stains to remove is a red wine carpet stain. There are a few methods that you can ...

Discover More

Removing Port Wine Stains

A port wine stain is best cleaned off by dabbing a little white wine on the stain. Then blot the area again with a mixture of ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 - 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.