Red wine stains are challenging to remove. Keep a few basic household items on hand, such as club soda or salt, to quickly clean up the stain before it has a chance to set and you may be able to prevent permanent staining. Stubborn stains can be removed with the following technique.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Clean terrycloth towels
- Spray bottle
- Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn
- 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
- Measuring cups and spoons
Blot as much of the red wine as possible with paper towels.
Fill a spray bottle with a solution made of 2/3 water and 1/3 white vinegar and saturate the area.
Blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply diluted detergent solution to the stain (mix 1/4 tsp. of detergent to 1 quart of water). Work the solution into the stain with a clean terrycloth or paper towel. Blot the red wine stain from the outer edges inward. Continue until the stain is removed. Remove detergent residue with a damp cloth.
If the stain is not completely gone, apply a 3 percent peroxide solution and let it sit for an hour.
If the stain is gone, cover the area with several paper towels and weight with a brick or other heavy object.