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How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Clothing

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We’ve all been there – you’re having a nice dinner or a few drinks with friends when your hand slips, the glass or bottle falls, and all of a sudden there’s a spreading scarlet stain on your new white top. But, while red wine stains can be embarrassing and unsightly, they don’t need to stay on your clothes for long – there are some fairly simple steps to help get rid of them. So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to remove wine stains from clothes, bedding, or other fabric.

Don’t let the red wine stain dry! It will become harder to remove once it sets, so treat it as soon as possible – we recommend for powerful stain removal.

How to Remove A Red Wine Stain: A Step-By-Step Guide

  • Depending on how much wine you have spilt, gently dab or blot the excess liquid with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub the stain – you do not want to make it worse.

  • If possible, apply some salt on the stain while it is still damp. Salt is a good tool to help tackle red wine stains, as it soaks up the excess liquid and stops it penetrating the fibres of your clothes. Of course, there may be times when this remedy is not possible – taking off your stained top in the middle of a crowded restaurant in order to pour salt on it may raise more than a few eyebrows!

  • You could also try applying white wine to the stain, which will help neutralise it. Just gently dab the stain to remove the excess liquid. Baking soda also can be a useful product for helping to remove red wine stains. Consider applying a baking soda paste to the affected area.

  • After applying the salt, baking soda, or white wine, you should see a difference. If it’s a larger stain, or already partially dried in, then you can try soaking the garment in white wine or in club soda

  • If the methods above aren’t available, or haven’t quite removed the wine stain entirely, apply a stain removal product to the stain – just follow the directions on the label.

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  • After this treatment is complete, wash the garment as normal on a cool wash with a laundry detergent like . Avoid a hot wash or tumble drying on high heat, as heat may set the stain.

Please note these stain removal tips are designed for treating stains on common fabrics, such as cotton and polyester. If you stain a more delicate fabric, such as silk, it might to be advisable to have the item professionally cleaned. Always refer to care instructions on the clothing label to check the suitability of different cleaning methods, especially when using chemical cleaning solutions. Also, remember that the sooner you can start to treat a stain, the better the outcome.

Now you know how to remove a wine stain, the biggest thing you’ll have to worry about if you knock over a glass will be the momentary embarrassment ­– not cleaning up the mess.

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  • Dab or blot the excess liquid.

  • Apply salt. This soaks up excess liquid and stops it seeping further into the garment.

  • Apply white wine to help neutralise the stain.

  • Baking Soda as a paste can also help to remove the wine stain.

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Frequently asked questions on removing red wine stains

Can dry cleaners remove red wine stains?

Red wine stains are tricky to remove, especially if they've had a chance to dry. But don't despair! Dry cleaners are well-equipped with a variety of effective solutions for removing stains from delicate fabrics. Make sure you bring your item to dry cleaners as soon as possible after the accidental spill.

Does red wine stain black clothes?

While a bright red stain won't be as visible on a dark fabric like it would be on a white shirt, the dried marks from any wine will still be noticeable. The key to removing red wine stains from black clothes is to avoid any aggressive detergents: they might get rid of the stain but you'll be left with faded material in the process. Pre-treat the stain with a detergent specifically made for colored fabrics before placing the item in a washing machine.

How do you get red wine out of a carpet?

A solution of dish soap and white vinegar should work like a charm on a wine-stained carpet. Carefully blot the stain with a white cloth to get rid of excess liquid and apply a mixture of 1 tbsp dish soap, 1tbs of vinegar, and 2 tbsp of water to the stain with another clean white cloth. Gently but frequently blot the stain until it vanishes. We have more tips on carpet cleaning in our article on Wiki Tips English.

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