How to Remove a Red Wine Stain


I don’t think that there is an adult alive that hasn’t either worn or witnessed someone wearing a sporty, new red wine spot. I doesn’t matter how avant-garde you are or that you are a trend-setter, the look never works.

The stain needs to go as quickly as it showed up. Finish what’s left of the wine and start the stain removal process.

Time Is Of The Essence:

A red wine stain is not one to play with as it sets almost immediately. Waiting to get home will result in a definite spot that will be harder to come out and possibly become permanent. All treatments really should be done as soon as the glass tumbles.

Removing Stains In a Emergency:

All to often these stains happen while your enjoying an evening out. But don’t worry, it’s fairly simple to treat the stain before it sets in.

Red wine is your favorite but order a glass of white wine or maybe treat yourself (and your shirt) to a glass of champagne and chase it with a splash of club soda.

  • Grab your napkin and put it under the stained area.
  • Pour the white wine or the champagne over the red wine stain. This should remove the stain completely but if there is any stain remaining …
  • Use the club soda with a clean section of napkin and dab at the stain until it’s gone.
  • Use another clean napkin to squeeze any remaining liquids from your clothing and use the hand dryer to help iron out the wrinkles.

When you get home launder as usual.

Stain Removal at Home:

This is the easiest way to get rid of the notoriously difficult spot.

  • Blot the excess fluid with a washcloth.
  • Place another clean cloth under the garment before treating.
  • Pour some hydrogen peroxide on the red stain and start blotting with another washcloth. Replace or move the cloth around as the color is transferring to it. Continue this process until the stain is gone.
  • Launder your clothes as usual, checking the area before you put it in the dryer.

Once you can no longer see the spot, do a cold water rinse of the area.

The process of eliminating the spot should only take about ten minutes. This will leave you plenty of time to continue to have a good time.

No One Wants A Red and White Carpet:

Thanksgiving is always a wonderful time for family, friends and unfortunately, stains. You just moved into a new home and installed white carpeting, no kids I bet, and had about thirty people over for dinner to celebrate.

You’re having a great time until the coffee table gets bumped and someone spills a glass of red wine on the new carpet.

It’s OK, it isn’t a problem you tell them. You’ve got it under control.

Just as we mentioned above you can treat the red wine stain with:

  • Club soda
  • White wine
  • Champagne

Whichever you have handy, put a little on the spot and dab or blot the liquid up. Don’t rub or scrub the stain to avoid spreading it around. Do this until the spot is hardly visible.

Now get the salt. Yes, plain old salt and cover the spot with it. Your guests might think you’re nuts but while you are sitting and enjoying the company the stain removal process is hard at work.

After you’ve had desert, wow your family and friends, get out the shop vac and vacuum the area. Lo and behold, no stain.

Note that if you have used a wine or other liquid with sugar in it to avert the red wine stain, follow up the next day with a hand steam cleaner and rinse the area thoroughly with plain water. The stain may be gone, but you don’t want to leave any sugars or wine residue in the carpet because the sticky sugars will attract further dirt and staining.

Keeping a cool head is the key to certain situations. The key to red wine stain removal is simply know-how and persistence.


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