We've all been there – you're having a nice dinner or a few drinks with friends when your hand slips, the glass or bottle falls, and all of a sudden there's a spreading scarlet stain on your new white top. But, while red wine stains can be embarrassing and unsightly, they don't need to stay on your clothes for long – there are some fairly simple steps to help get rid of them. So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to remove red wine stains from clothes, bedding, or other fabric.
This easy-to-follow video shows you what to do in the event of a red wine stain:
- Dab or blot the excess liquid.
- Apply salt. This soaks up excess liquid and stops it seeping further into the garment.
- Apply white wine to help neutralise the stain.
- Baking Soda as a paste can also help to remove the wine stain.
- Wash as usual with Persil small & mighty – always read the directions on the care label (and on the product label) first.
Don’t let the stain dry! Treat the stain as soon as possible as it will become harder to remove once it sets.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Red Wine Stain Removal
- Depending on how much wine you have spilt, gently dab or blot the excess liquid with a clean cloth or piece of kitchen roll. Do not rub the stain – you do not want to make it worse.
- If possible, apply some salt on the stain while it is still damp. Salt is a good tool to help tackle red wine stains, as it soaks up the excess liquid and stops it penetrating the fibres of your clothes. Of course, there may be times when this remedy is not possible – whipping off your stained top in the middle of a crowded restaurant in order to pour salt on it may raise more than a few eyebrows!
- You could also try applying white wine to the stain, which will help neutralise it. Just gently dab the stain to remove the excess liquid. Baking soda also can be a useful product for helping to remove red wine stains. Consider applying a baking soda paste to the affected area.
- After applying the salt, baking soda, or white wine, you should see a difference. If it's a larger stain, or already partially dried in, then you can try soaking the garment in white wine or in club soda.
- If the methods above aren’t available, or haven’t quite removed the wine stain entirely, apply a stain removal product to the stain – just follow the directions on the label.
- After this treatment is complete, wash the garment as normal on a cool wash with a laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty. Avoid a hot wash or tumble drying on high heat, as heat may set the stain.
Please note these stain removal tips are designed for treating stains on common fabrics, such as cotton and polyester. If you stain a more delicate fabric, such as silk, it might to be advisable to have the item professionally cleaned. Always refer to care instructions on the clothing label to check the suitability of different cleaning methods, especially when using chemical cleaning solutions. Also, remember that the sooner you can start to treat a stain, the better the outcome.
Red wine stains don't have to be the end of the world. With these tips under your belt, the biggest thing you'll have to worry about if you knock over a glass of cabernet sauvignon will be momentary embarrassment, rather than how to get rid of the stain.