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How to: remove red wine stains

By Amber Rolt on 8/07/14 10:06 AM

There is not much worse than the feeling of being at a fancy dinner party and when your hand slips. Sheer panic kicks in as you watch the spreading scarlet stain on someone else’s recently refurbished new carpet. It has happened to all of us, but it doesn’t have to be a disaster. By following these simple steps then you can avoid the troubles of red wine staining forever.


Red wine stain removal checklist:

  1. The first thing to remember is the sooner that you get started on the wine stain, the better the outcome will be. So dash to the kitchen as soon as you can to get hold of these key ingredients.
  2. Dab, don’t rub: depending on how much wine you have spilt, gently dab or blot the excess liquid with a clean cloth or kitchen roll. Do not rub the stain, it’ll only make it worse.
  3. Salt: 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 fabric.
  4. White wine: it seems stupid, but try applying white wine to the stain, which will help neutralise the stain. Just gently dab the stain to remove the excess liquid.
  5. Baking soda: this can be a useful product for helping to remove red wine stains. Consider applying a baking soda paste to the affected area. Try applying a thick baking soda paste to the stain.
  6. After this treatment is complete, wash the garment as normal on a cool wash. Avoid a hot wash or tumble drying on high heat, as heat may set the stain.
  7. Finally, if you still can’t get rid of the stain, then it might be worth trying a stain remover specifically for red wine – just be careful to read the instructions before using.


By following these simple steps, hopefully the only trouble that red wine will cause you is momentary embarrassment. People will soon forget and be amazed at your cleaning skills rather than being cross that you’ve ruined their new rug.