Removing Stubborn Red Wine Stains

We’ve all been there…

You’re enjoying a nice dinner and a few glasses of wine with friends, when…

Your hand slides…

The glass or bottle descends…

Almost in slow motion…

And suddenly there’s a spreading crimson stain on your fresh white top…

But, while red wine stains can look unpleasant, they don’t need to stay on your clothes for long…

The St Anne’s Cleaning guide to removing stubborn red wine stains, below, gives some ingenious steps to ensuring you wine stain removal.

So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to remove red wine stains from clothes, bedding, or fabric.

Key Steps:

  1. Dab or blot the extra liquid.
  2. Apply salt. This soaks up extra liquid and prevents it seeping further into the fabric.
  3. Use white wine to help neutralise the stain.
  4. Baking Soda as a paste can also help to eliminate the wine stain.
  5. Wash as usual with Persil small & mighty


A Step-by-Step Guide to Red Wine Stain Removal

  1. Differing on how much wine you have dropped, gently dab or blot the extra liquid with a clean cloth or piece of kitchen paper. Do not rub the stain – you do not want to make it worse.


2. Apply some salt on the stain while it is still slightly wet. Salt is good to tackle red wine stains, as it soaks up the extra liquid and prevents it penetrating the fibres of your clothes. There may be times when this solution is not possible – taking off your stained top in the middle of a busy restaurant in order to put salt on it may raise more than a few eyebrows!


3. You could also try applying white wine to the stain, which will help to neutralise it. Gently dab the stain to remove the extra liquid. Baking soda also can be a handy product for helping to remove red wine stains. Consider applying a baking soda paste to the affected area.


4. After applying either the salt, baking soda, or white wine, you should see a difference. If it’s a bigger stain, or already partially dried in, then you can try soaking the garment in white wine or in Carbonated water.


5. If the methods above aren’t accessible or haven’t quite removed the wine stain completely, apply a stain removal product to the mark.

After this action is complete, wash the fabric as normal on a cool wash with a washing machine cleaner like Persil Small & Mighty.

Avoid a hot wash or tumble dry on high heat, as heat may set the stain.


If, after reading and trying our wine stain removal guide, you are still despairing…

Sit back, relax and give the professionals a call.

Call St Anne’s Cleaning now on: 0203 397 7495