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Does white wine stain? Tips and tricks to remove a white wine or champagne stain

A little tipple is great at a celebration - but not on your clothes, carpet, or furniture. It doesn't have to spell disaster, however, with our quick and easy tips. Read our guide for simple champagne and white wine stain removal tips.

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From birthdays to weddings or even achieving your university degree, there are plenty of reasons to pop the cork on a bottle of champagne or celebrate with a glass of white wine. That being said, what happens if a glass gets spilt in the midst of all the revelry? If you’ve noticed a white wine or champagne stain on your clothes, upholstery, or carpet, we’ve got you covered. Read on for answers to questions such as “does white wine stain” and our simple guide for champagne and white wine stain removal.

For the best results, wash clothing after spot-treating stains. Check the care label, and if you can, place your garment into the washing machine with a good quality laundry detergent such as Persil, to give the stain removal process an extra boost!
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  • Stain remover or laundry detergent
  • Clean sponge or cloth
  • Baking soda
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How to get a white wine or champagne stain out of clothes

The key to effective champagne and white wine stain removal is to treat the soiled area as soon as possible. Dried stains are much harder to clean. Here are four simple steps to remove these stains from clothes and other fabrics.

  1. Rinse the stain.

    You want to flush the stain out. For the best results turn the garment inside out and run cold water from the back of the stain.

  2. Spot clean the stain.

    Apply a small amount of commercial stain remover or laundry detergent directly to the affected area. Take care to follow guidelines on the label of any products that you use.

  3. Place the fabric in the washing machine.

    For the best results, clean your item according to the care label using a good quality detergent such as Persil Bio or Persil Ultimate Non-Bio.

  4. Before drying, check the stain is fully removed.

    If there are still signs of staining, repeat the steps above. If not, simply air dry.

Top tip: Always check the care labels or manufacturers’ instruction guides before attempting to treat any stain.

How to get white wine out of carpet or upholstery

Since neither upholstery nor carpets can be cleaned in the washing machine, you’ll need to use a different cleaning technique. Read below for our four-step guide for how to clean white wine from carpet, sofas and more.

  1. Soak up any excess liquid.

    Use a clean sponge, clean cloth, or towel to soak up.

    Why not try using baking soda? This is a great option for absorbing moisture – all you need to do is leave it for 10 minutes before vacuuming the powder up.

  2. Apply a commercial carpet cleaner.

    Alternatively, you could spray a diluted solution of washing up liquid and water onto the affected area.

  3. Blot away the stain with a clean cloth.

    Do not rub as this may make the stain larger, or push it into the carpet fibres.

  4. Allow to air dry.

    If possible, dry your items outside. If you can't hang them outside, check out our guide for drying your laundry indoors.

Top tip: If you're struggling to get your carpet clean, check out our guide to getting your carpet spotless. If your carpet is still stained, however, it may be worth considering hiring a professional cleaning machine from your local DIY store.

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So, there you go. Now you have everything you need to know about how to get white wine out of carpet, clothes and more. Next time you spill wine or champagne, don’t panic! With our simple guide, you’re prepared for anything. Act swiftly to remove a white wine or champagne stain and save your garment, carpet, or piece of furniture.

If it's not white wine you've spilt, we've got you covered. Why not check out our guides for how to remove red wine from clothes and how to get red wine stains out of carpets?

Frequently asked questions on champagne and white wine stain removal

Does champagne stain?

If you’ve found yourself wondering, “does champagne stain clothes”, the answer is yes. Surprisingly, despite containing no scents or colours, champagne can cause staining. Whilst fresh it may not look too bad, the process of oxidation as it dries can cause unpleasant staining on your clothes and other materials.

Does white wine stain?

Yes. Like red wine, white wine contains tannin, which can cause staining on a number of surfaces. The only difference is that a white wine stain won’t look quite as dramatic.

How do I remove a champagne or white wine stain on wood?

Removing a champagne or white wine stain on wood is actually a lot easier than you might think. Most kitchens will have a container of table salt in them – and that is all you need. Pour table salt over the stained area and leave it to sit for at least 10 minutes. Once the time has elapsed, simply sweep up the salt and the stain should have disappeared. If this hasn’t quite done the trick, rub the stain gently with a clean, soft cloth dipped in a white vinegar and water solution.

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