Don't Let Spilled Wine Ruin Your Party: Our Best Tips for Removing Red Wine Stains Fast

Spilled wine shouldn't soak the spirit of any party! Remove a red wine stain quickly and easily so you can get back to the fun.

Red wine is notorious for the stain it can leave behind when spilled. Learn how to remove a red wine stains with these simple tricks, using tools and products you likely already have in your laundry room, or around the house.

Acrylic

Before you start, read the garment's label carefully and follow any instructions. Also follow the manufacturer's instructions on any cleaning products mentioned. To remove a wine stain from acrylic, rinse the affected area in cold water as soon as possible; this will dilute the stain and prevent the wine from setting. Following the guidelines on the clothing care label, washing in the warmest water recommended. Inspect the stain; if any wine remains, wash in color-safe bleach (colors) or liquid chlorine bleach (whites), if the garment label says it's OK. Air-dry, inspect, and repeat as needed before drying as directed on the garment label.

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Brick

Scrub the wine stain with warm, soapy water and a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse the brick surface. If the stain remains, blot with hydrogen peroxide or bleach diluted with water (mix according to the bottle's directions). Let sit for five minutes. Rinse with clear water.

Canvas

To treat wine on canvas upholstery, blot the stain with warm, sudsy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Dab in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water, and blot again. Dab in warm, sudsy water again; blot. Dab with clear water; blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat a wine stain on washable canvas, soak the garment for 15 minutes in a mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon mild clear dish soap, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse with water. If stain remains, lay the garment facedown atop a work surface padded with absorbent white rags or paper towels. Lightly sponge stain with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first), blotting from outward edges toward center. If stain remains, soak garment for 30 minutes in enzyme solution (1 quart warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product). If stain remains, launder the garment using a bleach product that is safe for the fabric. Make sure the stain is gone before drying as directed on the garment's label.

Carpet

To remove wine from natural-fiber carpet, dab the stain with warm, sudsy water, then blot dry. Dab with a solution that's 1 part clear ammonia to 8 parts water, then blot dry. (Follow usage guidelines on the ammonia bottle.) Dab with a 50-50 vinegar-water solution, then blot dry. Dab with warm, sudsy water again. Dab with water. Blot dry. Repeat all if necessary.

To remove wine from synthetic carpet, dab the stain with warm, sudsy water. Wait 15 minutes, then blot dry. Dab in a solution that's 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water. Wait 15 minutes more, then blot with a damp cloth. Blot with lukewarm water. Blot dry. Repeat steps until stain lifts.

Ceramic Tile

To remove wine from ceramic tile, wipe the tile immediately with warm, sudsy water. If wine stain persists, spray with a mix of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 2 parts water. Let sit 30 minutes. Rinse with a warm, damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Chenille

Dab the wine stain with warm, soapy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Dab with a 50-50 vinegar-water solution; blot dry. Dab with warm, soapy water again, then blot dry. Dab with clear water, then blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat wine stains on washable chenille items, soak the wine stain in cold water or club soda, pretreat with an enzyme stain remover, and then launder. Note: Always follow the instructions on the garment's label and the manufacturer's instructions on any product mentioned.

Concrete

Scrub the wine stain with warm, soapy water and a stiff-bristle brush. Rinse the concrete surface with clear water. If stain remains, blot with hydrogen peroxide or bleach diluted with water (mix according to the bottle's directions). Let sit for five minutes. Rinse.

Corduroy

Dab the wine stain with warm, soapy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Dab with a 50-50 vinegar-water solution; blot dry. Dab with warm, soapy water again, then blot dry. Dab with clear water, then blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat a wine stain on washable corduroy, mix together 1 quart lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid hand-dishwashing soap, and 1 tablespoon vinegar, and soak the garment for 15 minutes. Rinse. If the stain is gone, wash according to the garment's label. If the stain remains, lightly sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first), blotting from the edge to the center. Rinse and air-dry. If the stain is gone, wash according to the garment's label. If not, mix a solution of 1 quart warm water with 1 tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the clothing soak for 30 minutes, and if the stain is now gone, wash according to the garment's label. Check to make sure the stain is gone before drying as directed.

Cork

Wipe wine spill immediately. Wipe the cork surface with water, then wipe dry. If stain remains, clean with warm, sudsy water. Rinse, then dry immediately.

Cotton

To treat wine on cotton upholstery, blot the stain with warm, sudsy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Blot again. Dab in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water, and blot again. Dab in warm, sudsy water again; blot. Dab with clear water; blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat wine on cotton fabric or clothes, soak the stain in cold water or club soda, and pretreat with an enzyme stain remover following the manufacturer's instructions. Then launder according to the item label's directions.

Laminate Floor

Wipe up wine spills immediately with a microfiber cloth. If necessary, follow with a barely damp cloth, then dry immediately. If stain remains, carefully spot-clean with a laminate-floor cleaner following the manufacturer's instructions. 

Leather

Fill a jar halfway with lukewarm water, and add a squirt of mild dish soap. Shake to create lots of suds. With a sponge, apply only the suds, gently dabbing at the stained area. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. Apply with a leather cleaner/conditioner following the manufacturer's instructions.

Linen

To treat wine on linen upholstery, blot the stain with warm, sudsy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Dab in a 50-50 mixture of vinegar and water, and blot again. Dab in warm, sudsy water again; blot. Dab with clear water; blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat a wine stain on washable linen, soak the garment for 15 minutes in a mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid hand-dishwashing detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse with water. If stain remains, lay the garment facedown atop a work surface padded with absorbent white rags or paper towels. Lightly sponge stain with rubbing alcohol, blotting from edges toward center (test on an inconspicuous spot first). If stain remains, soak garment for 30 minutes in enzyme solution (1 quart warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product). If stain remains, launder the garment using a bleach product that is safe for the fabric. Make sure the stain is gone before drying as directed on the garment's label.

Linoleum and Other Natural Resilient Floorings

Wipe the wine stain with rubbing alcohol, then with a damp cloth. Wipe dry. If stain remains on the floor, make a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub into the stain until it lifts. Rinse with clear water, then dry.

Nylon

To remove a wine stain from nylon, rinse the affected area in cold water as soon as possible; this will dilute the stain and prevent the wine from setting. Following the guidelines on the garment care label, wash in the warmest water recommended. Inspect the stain; if any wine remains, wash in color-safe bleach (colors) or liquid chlorine bleach (whites) (if the garment label says it's OK). Air-dry, inspect, and repeat as needed before drying as directed on the garment label.

Painted Walls

Dab with a sponge or soft cloth dipped in water. Blot dry. If stain remains, apply a few drops of clear mild dish detergent to your sponge or cloth, and blot on stain. Blot thoroughly with water, then dry with a clean cloth. For a stubborn stain, spray with a multipurpose household cleaner according to the manufacturer's instructions. Blot with clear water, then blot dry.

Polyester

To remove a wine stain from polyester, rinse the affected area in cold water as soon as possible; this will dilute the stain and prevent the wine from setting. Following the guidelines on the garment care label, wash in the warmest water recommended. Inspect the stain; if any wine remains, wash in color-safe bleach (colors) or liquid chlorine bleach (whites) (if the garment label says it's OK). Air-dry, inspect, and repeat as needed before drying as directed on the garment label.

Silk

Blot to remove as much wine as possible. With a rag, blot with cool water until stain stops transferring to rag. If stain remains on the silk, lightly dab in a mixture of mild clear dish soap with a few drops of white vinegar. (Test on an inconspicuous spot first.) Blot with water, then blot dry. Continue as stain lifts. As a last resort, blot with hydrogen peroxide. (Test on an inconspicuous spot first.) Blot with clear water, then blot dry.

Spandex/Lycra

To remove a wine stain from spandex/Lycra, rinse the affected area in cold water as soon as possible; this will dilute the stain and prevent the wine from setting. Following the guidelines on the garment care label, wash in the warmest water recommended. Inspect the stain; if any wine remains, wash in color-safe bleach (colors) or liquid chlorine bleach (whites) (if the garment label says it's OK). Air-dry, inspect, and repeat as needed before drying as directed on the garment label.

Stainless Steel

Wipe with vinegar, rinse, and wipe dry. If stain remains, gently rub with a paste of baking soda and mild clear dish soap. Wipe dry.

Suede

Fill a jar halfway with lukewarm water, and add a squirt of mild clear dish soap. Shake to create lots of suds. With a sponge, apply only the suds, gently dabbing at the stained area. Wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. Finish with a suede cleaner/conditioner, applied according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Velvet

Dab the wine stain with warm, soapy water, then blot with a dry cloth. Dab with a 50-50 vinegar-water solution; blot dry. Dab with warm, soapy water again, then blot dry. Dab with clear water, then blot dry. Repeat as necessary.

To treat a wine stain on washable velvet, mix together 1 quart lukewarm water, 1/2 teaspoon of liquid hand-dishwashing soap, and 1 tablespoon vinegar, and soak the garment for 15 minutes. Rinse, and if the stain is gone, wash according to the garment's label. If the stain remains, lightly sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol (test on an inconspicuous spot first), blotting from the edge to the center. Rinse and air-dry. If the stain is gone, wash according to the garment's label. If not, mix a solution of 1 quart warm water with 1 tablespoon of an enzyme presoak product. Let the clothing soak for 30 minutes, and if the stain is now gone, wash according to the garment's label. Check to make sure the stain is gone before drying as directed.

Vinyl

Wipe the wine stain with rubbing alcohol, then with a damp cloth. Wipe dry. If a stain remains on the vinyl, make a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub into the stain until it lifts. Rinse with clear water, then dry.

Wool

Blot to remove as much excess wine on the wool surface as possible. Blot with a consumer dry-cleaning solvent to remove grease. Blot with water, then blot dry. If stain remains, mix a solution of 1 teaspoon neutral detergent and 1 teaspoon white vinegar in 1 quart warm water. Blot stain. Blot with clear water. Repeat until stain lifts. Blot dry.

Note: Be sure to follow the instructions on the garment's label and the manufacturer's instructions on any products mentioned as you go through this process.

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