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5 Tips on How to Clean Wine Stains

5 Tips on How to Clean Wine Stains

Spilling wine is notoriously easy and if the stain isn’t treated immediately or correctly, it can ruin your furniture, carpet or clothes. Luckily, attentively treating and cleaning wine stains means they can be fairly easy to get rid of efficiently. Read on for our tips on how best to clean wine stains and leave your clothes and home looking clean and fresh again. 

1. How to Remove Wine Stains

As a general rule, you can clean wine stains with a mixture of soap and warm water, especially if you’re catching the stain early. 

There are however a broad range of solutions you can try when it comes to removing wine stains. Some cleaning supplies like hydrogen peroxide and bleach work better on light-colored materials as they have a tendency to bleach which may ruin and fade the colouring on darker furniture, clothes and carpets. 

For alternative cleaning solutions, you can always rely on the tried and true method of using natural cleaners such as white vinegar, baking soda and even salt. These are more environmentally friendly and provide better protection against any potential allergies. 

Natural cleaners also don’t come with the toxicity risks of using cleaners like bleach, allowing you to work and clean your wine stains in a safer environment for your health. 

2. How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpets

One of the easiest ways to get red wine stains out of a carpet or a rug only requires copious amounts of salt. If you dab at the stain with a cloth or paper towel while the wine is still wet, you will be able to use the salt method to lift the wine stain out of the fibres fairly easily. 

Just cover the entire stain with salt and leave it to rest. After a while, the salt should absorb the stain and all that will be left to do is hoover up the salt and leave your carpet looking clean and brand new once more. 

When cleaning a carpet or rug, you can also use a 2:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwasher soap to lift the stains out by blotting the solution into the wine stain and repeating until the area is clean. The only thing you’ll need to make sure of is that the hydrogen peroxide doesn’t discolour the fibres so make sure to test your solution before use.

3. How to Get Red Wine Out of Clothes

There are several different ways to remove red wine stains from clothes, including the reliable baking soda method. Apply a one part baking soda and three parts water paste to the stained item and after the paste has dried, wipe it off and wash the clothes. 

Another easy way to loosen wine stains from fabric is to rub dishwasher liquid, soap or laundry detergent into the stain before soaking in cold water for a couple of hours. Be careful not to soak in hotter water as this will cause the stain to set into the clothes, making it more difficult to remove. 

With lighter coloured clothes, you can use dishwasher soap and hydrogen peroxide like you do with stains on carpets. The hydrogen peroxide will help the stain to fade, leaving your clothes cleaner than ever.

You can also soak the item of clothing in vinegar or soda, providing another method of loosening the wine stain, making it easier to remove the stain and clean the clothes.


Wine pouring on white shirt

4. How to Get Red Wine Out of a Couch

As with many other stains, you can use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to help remove any stains from your couch and make it look new again. 

After leaving it to soak, the baking soda and vinegar mixture will eventually begin to bubble. Clean the stained area with a cloth before applying baking soda and vinegar again. Repeating this enough times will remove the stain from your couch and allow you to protect the fabric from discolouration and other problems that can arise from using a harsher cleaning solution. 

Other methods include rubbing salt into the stain to absorb it or using white wine to remove the darker pigments. Using white wine to remove red wine stains works best if you catch the stain while it’s still new and wet, meaning it won’t have had long to set into the fabric.

You can also use hydrogen peroxide and dishwasher soap but as always, make sure to mitigate the risk of the hydrogen peroxide bleaching your couch.

5. How to Get Red Wine Off a White Wall

You’ll want to be careful about removing red wine stains from walls as scrubbing can cause the stain to smear and spread, essentially rubbing it into the wall and making it harder to remove. 

Get a little vinegar or hydrogen peroxide onto a microfibre cloth or a sponge and gently dab at and blot the wall. Wiping the stain with a damp sponge first should also make it easier to remove as the water will help to break up the pigments. 

A half and half solution of bleach and water should also work just be sure to wear protective gear to avoid any health risks. And if push comes to shove, it may end up being easier to repaint the wall, using the paint to cover up the stain. 

While red wine can stain easily, the sooner you catch it, the easier it will be to restore the stained item to its former glory. This will help your home to look clean and well cared for again. Whatever method you use, it’s guaranteed that you will find a solution that leaves you happy and stain-free.

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