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Removing white wine or champagne stains

A knocked over glass of white wine or champagne doesn't have to be a disaster! See our advice on removing wine stains for quick & easy-to-use strategies .


By Cleanipedia Team

removing white wine or champagne stains

Key Steps:

  1. Act fast when treating white wine or champagne stains to achieve the best results.
  2. You can use a commercial stain remover, or a laundry detergent – in a diluted form for carpets or upholstery ­– to spot clean.
  3. Don’t give up on the first try! Repeat the process – a little bit of extra effort and the stain should disappear.

Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries ­– all reasons for celebration with a glass of Champagne or white wine. But what happens if a glass gets spilled in the midst of all the revelry? Does white wine stain? The answer is yes – just like red wine, since it contains tannin, but the stain won’t look quite as dramatic. So, how do you get wine stains out of your clothes, upholstery, or carpet?

In fact, white wine stain removal is not nearly as tricky as you might think. Before you start, remember to check the care labels or manufacturers’ instruction guides before you attempt to treat any stain and follow guidelines on the label of any products that you use in the stain removing process.

After spot-treating your stained garment, it’s best to pop it in the washing machine with a laundry detergent that has stain removing properties, like Persil Small & Mighty, to give the stain removal process an extra boost! Just remember to check the care label on your garment for washing instructions.

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How to Remove Champagne Stains from Fabric

The key to effective stain removal is to treat the soiled area as soon as possible. Dried white wine stains are much harder to clean. You should:

  1. Run cool water through the white wine stain.
  2. Spot clean the stain by applying a small amount of commercial stain remover, or laundry detergent directly to the affected area.
  3. Place the fabric in the washing machine and clean according to the care label.
  4. Remove from the machine and check the stain is no longer visible. Repeat steps 2 and 3 if necessary.

How to Remove White Wine Stains from Upholstery

Since neither upholstery nor carpets can be cleaned in the washing machine, you’ll need to use a different cleaning technique. For upholstery you should:

  1. Use a clean, damp cloth to soak up any remaining wine.
  2. Apply a commercial stain remover or a diluted solution of laundry detergent and water.
  3. Blot the stained area until it is clean. Do not scrub or rub ­– you may risk damaging the fabric.
  4. Allow to air dry.

How to Remove White Wine Stain from Carpets

If there’s a visible white wine stain on your carpet, you should spot clean the area in a similar way to cleaning upholstery:

  1. Use a clean sponge or towel to soak up any excess liquid. Alternatively, dust the area with baking soda, leave it for 10 minutes to absorb the moisture, and vacuum the powder up.
  2. Apply a commercial carpet cleaner, or 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 your carpet is still stained, consider hiring a professional cleaning machine from your local DIY store.

Next time you spill wine or champagne, don’t panic! With this simple guide you can be prepared, and act swiftly to remove the stain and save your garment, carpet, or piece of furniture.

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