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How to Remove Red Wine Stain - Simple Steps To Follow

Ah, the infamous red wine. Perfect on a cold night but a nightmare for fabrics. If you're one of the unlucky ones to create a red wine spill accidentally, don't panic: there are easy ways to remove it. Red wine stain removal becomes easy when you've got a guide to follow, and I've assembled a simple but effective guide to dealing with pesky red wine stains. If you want to learn how to get rid of red wine stains, continue reading!

Removing Wine Stains on Clothes

Most of the time, it's clothes that suffer the majority of stains. If you want to learn how to get red wine out of clothes, a few helpful tips and tricks make it a smooth process. Here, I'll list the things you'll need and how to use them.

Things you need: dishwashing detergent, hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a mild bleach, so apply this trick only to light-colored clothes. For dark and brightly colored clothes, you can use baking soda instead. Blot the excess wine from the cloth with paper towels, and cover the stain liberally with a mixture of baking soda and water. The mixture should have a paste-like consistency. Let the mixture soak until the baking soda has completely dried, then wash the cloth in hot water.

For plain white fabrics, you can use bleach to lift the stain.

How to do it:

Step #1: Mix equal parts of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide.

Mix the two thoroughly until the mixture gains the consistency of a paste. Start with a small amount at first - you'll want just enough to cover the stain.

Step #2: Pour the mixture over the stained area and let it soak in for a few minutes. Check often to see if the stain disappears, and add more mixture until the stain is completely gone.

Let the mixture set in for a few minutes, and check periodically to see if the stain disappears over time. If the stain shrinks, continue to add a little more of the mixture until the stain has faded away.

Step #3: Once the stain has completely faded away, wash the cloth as you normally would.

If the stain has faded completely, all you need to do is wash the mixture off the cloth. Thankfully, you'll only need soap and water to clean it, unlike the red wine stain.

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Removing Wine Stains on Carpets and Rugs

Another thing that often gets stained is floor coverings, especially those lovely carpets and rugs you've put over the floor. If this happens, consider it a better outcome than having it stain the floor itself - stains are incredibly hard to remove from wood.

Things you need: salt, paper towel, vacuum

You might think that salt is a strange thing to use, but salt absorbs wetness from surfaces, making it ideal to use for a red wine stain. On the other hand, paper towels are used for blotting the stain. After the stain has disappeared, the vacuum cleaner will be used to clean everything up.

How to do it:

Step #1: Blot as much spilled red wine as you can with a paper towel.

Use the paper towel to blot the stain as much as you can. Don't rub the paper towel against the rug; it might press the stain deeper, making it harder to remove. So, lightly dab and blot the stain until you can't anymore.

Step #2: Cover the entire stained area with salt until the stain is no longer visible.

Pile up plenty of salt over the stain until you can't see it anymore. Fine-grained salt is better than things like rock salt because the greater quantities mean that it'll absorb more fluid.

Step #3: Let the salt soak up the stain for a few minutes. Leave it overnight to be more effective.

Give the salt some time to soak up the stain. You don't need to check periodically for this; you'll want to make sure everything is fully absorbed, so don't disturb the site unless you feel that enough time has passed.

Step #4: Once the stain is dry, vacuum everything up or launder as usual.

Rub it on the stain, wait for it to dry, and vacuum it up. Instead of pouring water or cleaning solutions onto the fabric for carpets and other upholstery, I suggest spritzing them. Excess liquid can damage the quality of the fabric, and doing so will prevent it from happening. A mixture of baking soda and water (or vinegar) always works wonders for breaking up wine stains.

Removing Wine Stains Using Laundry and Cleaning Products

Another way to remove wine stains is by using laundry and cleaning products. These items are designed to remove stains, so they can be a big asset in removing pesky stains if used properly.

Things you need: laundry powder, warm water

Laundry detergent is a powerful tool in stain removal. So, if your clothing needs to be laundered and be rid of stains simultaneously, use this to cleanse it of stains and dirt.

How to do it:

Step #1: Soak the clothing in the laundry powder of your choice mixed with the warmest temperature your fabric can handle.

Use only as much laundry detergent as you need, as adding too much can damage the colors of your clothing. Warm water will also help remove the stain, get between it and the fibers of your clothing, and push it out.

Step #2: Check if the stain has lifted, then wash as usual.

If doing it yourself didn't work, there are commercial wine stain removers that you can buy. I recommend Wine Away, Wine B' Gone, Chateau Spill, or Gonzo Wine Out. These products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and chlorine-free.

Red Wine Stain That Has Dried

Sometimes, we can't respond immediately to a red wine stain. Maybe you were at a party outside and could only go home until after the red wine stain had dried. It's not the end of the world if it happens - just use these helpful tricks to remove that stain once and for all.

Things you need: 70% alcohol, cold water

You'll need some strong alcohol to get rid of a stain that has dried. When picking alcohol to use on the stain, check to ensure it has the right concentration of alcohol you need; anything below 70% may not be enough to get rid of the stain.

How to do it:

Step #1: Rub the old red wine stain with 70% alcohol.

Gently rub the stain with the alcohol you've acquired. Be careful when rubbing - you don't want to damage any fabric by adding too much alcohol or too much force in rubbing.

Step #2: Let it sit for a few minutes, then soak in cold water.

Afterward, let the alcohol sit for a few minutes. When the alcohol has slightly dried, soak the item in cold water, and check if the stain fades.

Step #3: Rinse and wash as you normally would.

You can also try rubbing liquid laundry detergent in the stained area and let it soak in cold water for about 30 minutes. Apply a stain remover and wash as usual.

Frequently Asked Questions

Red wine stains are troublesome, and cleaning them isn't something that can be done with just soap and water. If you're curious about other, more annoying stains to clean, I have some examples of frequently asked questions about stains, not just ones made by red wine.

Are red wine stains permanent?

Red wine stains can seep in deeply into the material it stains, so you'll want to clean them as soon as possible. It can make a lasting, permanent stain on clothes or furniture if left for too long. So, when a red wine spill occurs, hurry to clean it as soon as possible.

What are other tough stains to remove?

Red wine stains are hard to remove, but other worse things can create stains. Chocolate is one example, as it melts into fabric and gets between the fibers, making it hard to remove. Another example is permanent marker; for obvious reasons, sometimes ordinary soap can't get rid of it.

How do you remove wine stains from wood?

Wood can be another thing that red wine can stain, and unlike fabric, it's much harder to remove a stain that occurs on wood... and can even become permanent if left long enough. To remove stains from wood, you will need to first blot out the stain with a wet towel and then use a cleaning agent to clean up the stain. Cover the stain entirely with cleaning agents like oil soap, bleach, or baking soda after blotting with the towel.

How long does it take before the stain from the red wine sets in?

It can take as short as a few minutes up to an hour, depending on the material the stain is created on. On wood especially, it can quickly make a lasting mark. Red wine dries quickly, so if you find a stain that hasn't set in, move quickly to remedy the problem, or else it will become permanent.

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Knowing how to remove red wine stains can help you next time there's an accident at a house party. Handling serious stains like those caused by red wine can be tricky. If all that still didn't work, it's time to call the pros. Yes, you may have to cash out a few bucks, but if you're serious about salvaging your favorite silk dress, cashmere scarf, or expensive carpet, you got to.