How to Remove a Red Wine Stain Quickly & Easily

red wine stain removalsAccidents happen -- especially during the hectic holiday season. If you're entertaining and experience a red wine mishap, don't let it ruin your celebration. There are multiple ways to get stains out that don't involve replacing your carpet, clothing, or furniture. (Thank heavens!)


When that first glass spills, you might feel momentarily paralyzed by shock (especially if that burgundy is landing on something white!), but really, the quicker your reflexes the better when it comes to getting that stain out. In all scenarios, experts agree, once that wine dries, it's going to be tougher to remove -- so don't panic, get moving! 

If some vino lands on your carpet, Russ from Victoria Carpet Care says get a cloth and apply pressure, allowing the cloth to absorb the liquid, continuing until you get as much out of the carpet as possible. It will take time, so be patient. When you've gotten out as much as you can, apply pressure with a damp cloth. Whatever you do, don't rub, he notes, as heat is the enemy! Continue blotting until you're able to soak up as much as possible. This should do the trick, but if the stain is still visible, consider contacting a professional cleaning service. 

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If you've accidentally doused your favorite blouse, the pros at Red Wine Stain Removers suggest mixing equal parts liquid soap and hydrogen peroxide to lift the stain. If you can, test a bit of the fabric first to ensure that the color doesn't come out with the stain. Then, give the spot a minute-long pre-soak before blotting until it is completely gone. After that, launder as per the garment's instructions, but consider using cold water to be on the safe side. 

If red wine should spill on your dry-clean-only dress, do not try to fix it yourself. Experts say taking it to the dry cleaner is your best bet. Attempting to get it out can cause irreversible damage, so as tempting as it might be to try it, don't! 

If you notice someone had a spill, didn't mention it, and now it's dry, you'll want to soak the area with club soda or, ironically, white wine. Then, cover it with baking soda to create a paste. Leave it on for several hours, dampening the area as needed. Once the treatment is complete, care for the fabric according to the manufacturer's instructions.  

If you don't happen to have these ingredients on hand, salt will help in a pinch. Sprinkling a layer of salt on the stain will prevent it from spreading. Again, the quicker you apply the salt, the better your chance of stopping that stain from doing permanent damage. 

Listen, we've all been there, and the only thing worse than spilling wine at home is doing it at someone else's house. But by remembering time is of the essence, blot don't rub, and these other remedies, you're well on your way to eliminating that stain for good!  

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