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How to Remove a Red Wine Stain

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Oh, wine is so tasty and such a lovely way to cap off a long day… but it can also spell disaster for your household surfaces.  If you have a red wine stain on your carpets, clothing or counters you’ll want to give some of these a try!

Read on for a few tips on what to do if you spill on something you love…  And remember, ALWAYS test on a hidden area in order to be sure not to damage the surface.


Oh, and I should mention that white wine doesn’t work!  That’s an old myth and will just leave you with a yellow stain rather than a purple one. Not a solution… save the white for your wine glass!

1.  Salt

Salt is a great way to get red wine out of surfaces that are slow to absorb. (Things like curtains, bedspreads and carpets). Just sprinkle it on (add a little club soda if needed), rub it in and let it do it’s work.  Repeat if needed.

2.  Hot water or Club Soda

If the wine is freshly spilled, hot water or club soda will do the trick on most clothing.

3.  Hydrogen Peroxide & Soap

This is great for white clothing or tablecloths.

  • Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide & dish soap.
  • Spray onto the stain.
  • Blot and repeat as needed.

4.  Ammonia

If you are trying to get wine out of wood and the wine is freshly spilled. Follow these three simple steps:

  • Blot the area
  • Wipe it down with some ammonia
  • Polish it with some furniture cleaner

5.  Linseed oil and rottenstone

If the stain is on wood but not fresh or a bit older:

  1. Mix linseed oil and rottenstone to make a paste.
  2. Rub the paste on the stain, going in the direction of the grain of the wood.
  3. Wait a half hour.
  4. Wipe it off.
  5. Sprinkle flour to absorb any oil residue.
  6. Clean and polish

6.  Hydrogen Peroxide and Talcum Powder

This solutions works for porous countertops (like granite):

  1. Mix the two ingredients into a paste
  2. Apply the paste to the stain about an inch thick.
  3. Let it sit for a day or 2.
  4. Repeat as many times as necessary

7.  Baking Soda or  Vinegar

This solution works for carpet (fresh spill only).

  • Blot as much as you can with a paper towel.
  • Add a little bit of cold water to over the stain dilute the stain and then blot again.
  • Finally, make a post of baking soda & water and smooth onto the stain.
  • Allow paste to dry and vacuum the remaining soda.

This solution works for carpet or clothing.

  • Blot as much as you can with a paper towel.
  • Combine two cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon dish soap.
  • Using a cloth, apply to the stain.
  • Repeat as needed.  Rinse with cold water and let dry.

Add your own great tips in the comments below!

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  1. Thanks Holly, the club soda trick works great because it has carbonation in it and the sodium helps to break down the wine. Its not a good idea to rub the wine because it just gets deeper into the roots of the carpet, its always better to blot clean it. Let the soda do the heavy lifting. I’ve got a couple of stains on my granite countertops so i’ll have to try #6 next.

  2. Thank you for the tips. I want to mention that you should extract any powder that is left afterwards. Great cleaning tips, but you don’t want to leave anything behind that can go deeper into the carpet.