How To Get Rid Of A Wine Stain

Oh, wine stains – the bane of every wine lover’s existence. I’ve had my fair share of spills over the years, and each one was a painful reminder of the need to be more careful. …

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Oh, wine stains – the bane of every wine lover’s existence. I’ve had my fair share of spills over the years, and each one was a painful reminder of the need to be more careful. But fear not, fellow enthusiasts! I’ve picked up some tried and tested methods for removing those pesky wine stains. Let me share my go-to techniques with you.

Gather Your Supplies

First things first, gather your supplies. You’ll need a clean cloth, some salt or baking soda, club soda, white vinegar, dish soap, and a wine stain remover if you have one on hand.

Blot, Don’t Rub

As soon as the spill occurs, grab that clean cloth and start blotting the stain. Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to rub. Rubbing will only push the wine further into the fabric, making the stain harder to remove. Blotting helps to lift the wine from the surface, preventing it from setting in.

Time for Salt or Baking Soda

If the stain is fresh, pour some salt or baking soda directly onto it. These powders will work to absorb the wine, making it easier to remove. Let it sit for a few minutes before gently brushing or vacuuming it away.

Club Soda to the Rescue

Here’s where club soda comes in handy. Pour it onto the stained area and let it fizz. The carbonation helps lift the stain while the sodium content in the club soda can prevent the stain from becoming permanent. Blot the area again with a clean cloth.

Enter White Vinegar

If the stain persists, mix one part white vinegar with two parts water. Blot the stained area with this solution, and you should start to see the wine stain fade. White vinegar is a miracle worker when it comes to removing tough stains, including wine.

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Dish Soap and Warm Water

If the stain is still holding on, create a solution of dish soap and warm water. Blot the stain with this mixture, and you’ll notice the color lifting. Rinse the area with clean water and blot again to remove any soap residue.


Voilà! With these methods, I’ve managed to salvage many beloved pieces of clothing and upholstery from the brink of wine-induced disaster. Hopefully, armed with these techniques, you’ll be able to do the same. Remember, the key is to act fast and be patient. And if all else fails, consider it a battle scar from a good bottle of wine.

John has been a hobbyist winemaker for several years, with a few friends who are winery owners. He writes mostly about winemaking topics for newer home vintners.
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