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How to Remove Red Wine Stains

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

A glass of red wine goes well with your dinner — not with your clothes. When the wine spills, time and technique are most important if you want to save your outfit. Here are a few ways to make sure the stain goes away.

  • Treat the stain fast With a bubbly beverage in hand, such as club soda or sparkling water, immediately flush the stained area. The bubbles help to move the stain out of the fabric.

  • Blot the area Blot the stained surface with a clean white cloth and pick up as much of the red wine as possible. To avoid spreading the stain, focus on blotting instead of rubbing.

  • Confirm fabric is color-safe Before you treat the stain, make sure the fabric is color safe to avoid causing more damage. If your item requires dry cleaning, blot thoroughly and head to the cleaners.

When treating the stain, consider these options:

  • Kosher salt Kosher salt is flatter than common salt, which allows more surface area to pull out the stain. After blotting the area, sprinkle kosher salt and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Leave it on overnight for best results and rinse with cold water.

  • Dishwashing liquid and hydrogen peroxide Test out a hydrogen peroxide to soap ratio (1:1 or 1:3). If the area doesn’t become bleached, pour the solution on the stained area. Add more mixture if needed and wash immediately once the stain disappears.

  • Hairspray Spray a generous amount of hairspray on the red wine stain. Leave the stain for a few minutes and then wash on the highest heat setting. Be sure to follow the label’s care instructions.

  • Club soda Choose club soda over seltzer. Grab the brand that you have at home and apply it to the stain. Leave it overnight to get the best treatment.

  • White vinegar Fully cover the stain with white vinegar. Then apply a liquid laundry detergent. The vinegar neutralizes the stain while the detergent does the cleaning. Wash the clothes in hot water until the stain has been removed.

We want to see those red wine stains disappear, too. Give us a call at 718-559-0434 to see how we can help.


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