How to Remove Set in Red Wine Stains

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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
  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid such as Dawn
  • 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
  • Measuring cups and spoons

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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.

Tips & Warnings

  • The same method can be used on most fabrics. Test on an inconspicuous area first and launder according to the care tag after treating.


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