How To Get Wine Stains Out

Wine stains can be a real headache, especially if you’re an avid wine lover like me. The joy of enjoying a glass of red wine can quickly turn into panic when a spill occurs and …

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Wine stains can be a real headache, especially if you’re an avid wine lover like me. The joy of enjoying a glass of red wine can quickly turn into panic when a spill occurs and you’re left with a stubborn stain on your favorite tablecloth or shirt. But fear not, my fellow wine enthusiasts! I have delved deep into the art of stain removal and have some tried and tested methods that will help you banish those pesky wine stains.

The Importance of Acting Quickly

When it comes to wine stains, time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain completely. So, when that unfortunate spill happens, don’t panic, but act swiftly.

To start with, grab a clean cloth or paper towel and gently blot the stain. Avoid rubbing the stain vigorously, as it can spread the wine and make the situation worse. Blotting helps to absorb as much of the wine as possible before it sets into the fabric.

Removing Wine Stains from Fabric

If you’ve spilled wine on your favorite shirt or tablecloth, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Rinse the stain with cold water from the backside of the fabric. This helps to dilute the wine and prevent it from setting further.
  2. Apply a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent directly to the stain. Gently rub the stain with your fingers or a soft brush to work the detergent into the fabric.
  3. Let the detergent sit on the stain for about 5-10 minutes to allow it to penetrate the fabric.
  4. Wash the fabric as you normally would, following the care instructions on the garment label. If the fabric is delicate or requires dry cleaning, it’s best to take it to a professional cleaner.
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If the stain persists after washing, repeat the above steps until the stain is completely gone. It may take some patience and multiple attempts, but with persistence, you can usually remove even the most stubborn wine stains.

Removing Wine Stains from Carpet

Spilled wine on the carpet can be a nightmare, but don’t panic just yet. Here’s how you can tackle that stain:

  1. Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible using a clean cloth or paper towel.
  2. Mix a solution of one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of warm water.
  3. Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and gently dab the stain. Avoid rubbing, as it can damage the carpet fibers.
  4. Continue blotting the stain until it starts to fade. Rinse the cloth or sponge frequently to prevent spreading the stain.
  5. Once the stain is gone, rinse the area with cold water and blot dry with a clean towel.

If the stain persists or if you’re dealing with a particularly stubborn carpet stain, it’s a good idea to call a professional carpet cleaner who specializes in stain removal.


Dealing with wine stains can be a hassle, but with the right techniques and a bit of patience, you can effectively remove them from fabric and carpet. Remember, the key is to act quickly, blot the stain, and use appropriate stain removers or detergents. So, don’t let a wine spill ruin your day – tackle those stains head-on and keep enjoying your favorite wines without worrying about the aftermath!

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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