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How to Remove Red Wine Stains

It’s easy to let a red wine stain ruin your evening, especially if it’s on your new shirt, or worse, your friend’s carpet! But there’s no need to dampen the mood – a big, scarlet stain may look daunting, but it will be surprisingly easy to remove if you act quickly and follow the right advice. Read on to find out how to remove red wine stains from fabrics around your home and how to clean red wine stains from clothes easily and effectively.  

Removing red wine stains: Key steps

Whether it’s a red wine stain on cotton tablecloth, a polyester carpet, or denim jeans, follow these key steps to successfully remove the wine stain.

  1. Treat the stain as quickly as possible – The quicker you act, the less the stain will set, and the easier it will be to remove.
  2. Damage control – Blot the stain with a cloth to soak up as much of the wine as possible. If you can, place a clean cloth underneath the stain to avoid it transferring onto any surrounding material.
  3. Don’t let the stain dry – Removing a moist red wine stain is much easier than trying to remove a dry stain, so keep it moist with cool water, white wine or soda water until you can treat the stain properly. Don’t use warm or hot water, as this will further set the stain.
  4. Pour salt over the damp stain – Cover the whole stain with regular table salt. Press the crystals into the fabric and leave it to absorb the wine.
  5. Continue to soak the stain – Brush the salt off the stain, then saturate the remaining stain with cold water. Blot with a cloth to remove as much of the stain as you can.
  6. Apply a stain-removing pre-treatment – Apply a stain remover like OMO Auto Liquid directly onto the stain, following the instructions on the product’s label. Work the detergent into the stain using the Stain Erase Ball.

How to clean wine stains from clothes

For a red wine stain on clothes or wine stains on cotton tablecloths and removable upholstery, first try the key steps above. Following this, use a high-quality detergent that is tough on stains, like OMO Ultra Capsules to machine-wash the item at the highest water temperature that the garment care tag permits. You can repeat the last two steps as needed if the stain doesn’t not come out fully the first time.  

How to remove wine stains from carpets

If the wine stain is on your carpet, follow the above key steps 1-6 before vacuuming the carpet thoroughly. If the stain persists, and your carpet is light in color, try blotting it with a chemical cleaner or upholstery cleaner. Make sure you check it in a small area first and follow all of the instructions on the packaging before use to prevent any unnecessary damage. With these tips, learning how to clean red wine stains from clothes and your home will never be easier!

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