5 Tips for Removing Red Wine Stains

We’ve all been there. No matter how careful you may be, accidents can still happen when red wine is in the mix. It’s all too easy to spill a drop or two on your sofa, rug, or chairs when hosting guests or even when having a relaxing evening at home. But just because the occasional red wine spill is inevitable, doesn’t mean you have to live with that stain forever (or give up your glass of Grenache for good.)

We assembled a team of motivated personnel to uncork a few Winc wine bottles and put one of our sofas to the ultimate stain test! We specifically tested a sofa with one of our safeguard fabrics, which are extra durable, resilient to most of life’s messes, and super easy to clean. As you can see, it more than lived up to the hype!

Pour yourself some Pinot and allow us to break down a few quick, foolproof tricks for lifting red wine from most fabrics…

Wine Tip 1: Act Fast

This tip is really just the golden rule of all successful stain removal – you’ve got to act fast. The quicker you address the stain, the less chance it has of “setting” and becoming a permanent mark. To achieve this while avoiding the usual panic when a spill happens at a party, assemble your wine-stain removal kit before your guests arrive and have it handy. That way, you can clean the stain before it sets, all while staying elegantly cool and collected. (Plus you’ll look like a domestic wizard in front of your friends!)

Wine Tip 2: Dab the stain, Never rub

When, in the heat of the stain-cleaning moment, it may feel necessary to try to rub the affected area, resist the urge! Rubbing wine stains will only deepen the stain into the fibers of the fabric and make it even harder to lift. Instead, use a paper towel to dab as much moisture out of the stain as possible. This isn’t likely to remove the stain completely, but it’s a good start.

Wine Tip 3: Club Soda + Salt

Club Soda and salt is one of the best remedies for a red wine stain, particularly on carpet or rugs. Simply pour a liberal amount of soda over the stain, then cover the area completely in salt (unrefined salt works best.) Gently press the salt into the fabric and let sit over night. In the morning, vacuum up the salt and prepare to be amazed at the complete lack of red wine left behind.

Wine Tip 4: Dishwashing Liquid + Hydrogen Peroxide Solution

For slightly more severe stains or ones that have dried more, a solution of three parts hydrogen peroxide and one part dish soap works wonders to break up the color of the red wine, while lifting the stain. This powerful combination has great results for minimal effort. Mix your solution ahead of time, pour on the stain and leave to soak. You may need to reapply the solution a few times before you see results, but if all goes well, the stain should literally just disappear as the solution dries.

Wine Tip 5: White Wine

It’s like fighting fire with fire, and it’s not always a slam dunk, but in a pinch white wine can work to dilute the color of a fresh red wine stain and keep it from setting. If you have nothing else on hand, grab your friend’s sauvignon blanc, pour it on the red wine stain and start dabbing with a paper towel. You’ll be amazed at how well the white wine works to clear up the red, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that we’d rather drink it than clean with it!

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