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How to Remove Red Wine Stains From Clothes, Carpets and Upholstery

I’m a big red wine lover, but it only takes a small spillage, and a stubborn stain appears. The red pigments in wine tend to really grip hard onto fabrics, but don’t despair we have some tips and tricks to help you.

First thing to remember as soon as the spill occurs ACT fast by blotting (not rubbing) the stain with an absorbent dry cloth. 

Here are some useful tips to follow when the inevitable happens! If all else fails book a Chores and Paws Housekeeper and we’ll do our best to eradicate your stains.

How to Get Red Wine Out of Clothes

For some reason it always seems to spill on you when you’re wearing something white, but don’t panic your favourite white top or jeans can be salvaged. It is always best to act immediately after you’ve noticed the stain, assuming you have blotted first the next stages are to remove the stain that remains.

  1. If you’re still out and about wearing the stained garment place a cloth between the garment and your skin, then take a damp sponge or cloth with cool water and gently push this into the stain, try not to rub.
  2. Once you’re home and able to deal with the stain in a more focussed way, take a good stain removing product we love Vanish Oxi Stain Remover  which is great for both colours and whites and costs around £6.50 for 1 kg at Sainsburys, then cover the stain completely in stain remover for around 5 minutes. 
  3. If the stain remains, then soak the garment in cold water for around 15 minutes, remove from the water and apply stain remover again and wash in warm water with a fabric safe bleach product.

How to Get Red Wine Out of Carpet

Just when you were admiring your lovely cream or white carpet, you or somebody you know spills red wine on it, and you just want to scream! Take a deep breath as we have the perfect solution for you in three easy steps.

  1. Again, the quicker you act the better the result, so start by blotting as much of the wine as possible on an absorbent cloth, press down hard.
  2. Soak the stain with a product called Wine Away and let it soak in for 5-10 minutes. Blot the area until the stain vanishes and remove extra residue with a damp cloth.
  3. For hard to remove stains mix ½ tsp of dish washing liquid with ½ tsp of white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water, sponge carpet with the mixture then sponge with cold water and blot to dry.

How to Get Red Wine Out of Upholstery

Upholstery fabrics are a common target for spillages and stains. We recommend using a good upholstery protective spray as this helps with all stains – we recommend Scotchgaurd Fabric & Upholstery Protector, however if you encounter the dreaded red wine stain don’t panic.

  1. As with all our red wine tips, ACT fast and blot as much of the wine as you can onto an absorbent cloth.
  2. Mix ½ tsp of dishwashing liquid with 2 cups of cool water and sponge it into the stain.
  3. Blot again with an absorbent cloth so that all the residue liquid is soaked up, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.

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