How to Remove a Dry Red Wine Stain From Upholstery


An enjoyable evening of drinking red wine may become ruined when the wine spills onto furniture upholstery. Aside from the wine being wasted, the alcohol beverage leaves a red stain. Red wine is particular discernable on light-hued upholstery, but may aesthetically mar any color of upholstery. Although red wine is best removed when fresh, some wine stains go unnoticed and dry out. Promptly remove dry red wine stains from upholstery before they become even more unyielding.

Things You'll Need

  • Dull knife
  • 1 tbsp. non-bleach hand dish soap
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 2 white cloths
  • Towel
  • Scrape off excess dry wine residue using a dull knife. Remove as much wine residue as possible.

  • Pour 1 tbsp. of non-bleach hand dish soap into a bowl. Stir 2 cups of cold water into the soap.

  • Dampen a cloth (preferably white) in the solution. Tamp the remaining dried wine stain with the detergent solution until the red blotch dissolves. Fold the cloth regularly to avoid producing additional wine stains.

  • Moisten another cloth with cool water. Tamp the previously wine-stained upholstery to flush out the detergent.

  • Blot the upholstery dry using a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute dry-cleaning solvent for diluted dish soap. No rinsing is necessary.
  • Bleach-based dish soaps may harm upholstery’s color.

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