Home » Living, Story Time

Red Wine Stains – Easy Way to Remove

Submitted by on Sunday, 26 December 20104 Comments

There you are with your best linen tablecloth (a family heirloom) on the dining room for an elegant holiday dinner, and someone spills red wine. As you see the wine spread out through the fiber threads, your heart sinks… .

Fortunately, here is a tried and true, if bizarre, way to remove the stain.

Once you have cleared the table (after the meal is over is fine as long as you keep the stain damp by spritzing with water) put a kettle of water on the stove and bring a stool or chair that can handle your weight, and the tablecloth to the kitchen sink. Place a big bowl, one that is at least 10″ wide, or a soup pot, in the kitchen sink. Gather together the section of the linen with the wine stain and stretch it taught over the top of the bowl or pot.

Once the kettle of water is boiling stand on a chair and pour the water from a height of at least three feet down onto the linen that is stretched over the bowl. Once that step is accomplished, further rinse the linen under cool water, then launder as usual.

If the red wine stain is dry, soak the red wine stain in white wine (!), or sprinkle baking soda on the stain, spritz with water, and set for a few hours before scraping off the baking soda and laundering as usual.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

Retweet

Share this post:

Rate this post:

VN:F [1.9.3_1094]
Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)

4 Comments »

  • Kevin says:

    Hi Annie, red wine stains are acidic. if you treat with baking soda once to neutralise the stain then rince, then do it again it will come out a lot easier. we learned this trick with my oillift years ago. same principle just more powerful cleaner. The old way and it does work is to boil beans and then take the sludge that forms on the water surface, mix with some baking soda and voila you will have a red wine stain remover. agian the trick is to neutralise first then rince and then wash to get the stain out. if you choose to use a commercial cleaner please make sure it’s ecologo or green seal certified so you have proof of its “green” standard. cheers Kevin Daum http://www.oillift.net

    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Haakee16 says:

    Stain Rx (a.k.a. Erado-Sol), is the best stain remover out there. I have been using it on red wine stains since 1969. Just touch it to red wine, iodine, berries (INCLUDING POMEGRANATE), fruit punch, cranberry juice, and the stains disappear in a second. Stains such as mascara, lipstick, blood, balsamic vinegar, vanilla extract and others come out with a little massaging and rinsing. Soak your diamond, gold and platinum jewelry in it for 20 minutes to overnight, you won’t believe it! By the way, the University of California – Davis did a study on red wine stain removal and the #1, ready to use winner was Stain Rx (a.k.a. Erado-Sol). It killed Wine Away which is available everywhere. Go to their site to see what else it does.
    As far as carpeting and upholstery: I use Stain Rx on carpeting and upholstery all the time and have the method down. First, I vacuum the entire carpet or piece of upholstery being treated. Then I clean the entire carpet or upholstery with my Hoover Steam-Vac, a carpet shampooer is at least as good, plus, I ONLY use warm water – no detergent at all. The Hoover sprays in water and vacuums it out. For the carpet I use the Steam-Vac and on upholstery I use the Steam-Vac attachments to do this. While the carpet or upholstery is still wet from this step, do the following; Depending on the size of the stain, put a “dot” of Stain Rx on your fingertip and rub out one stain at a time. After treating a stain, remove all the soapy residue from that area using the instructions below and go on to the next stain. HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: You have to remove all the soapy residue using the attachments from the Steam-Vac, carpet shampooer or a wet/dry shop vacuum. RINSE OUT ALL OF THE SOAPY RESIDUE USING WATER AND THE VACUUM. If you leave Stain Rx in the area, dust will stick forming a gray spot in a few weeks. If this happens, just add water and remove all of the soapy residue.

    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • Wine stains can be easily removed with white wine or white vinegar.
    Your post is very useful and the advice is probably working pretty good.

    Regards!

    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)
  • The easiest way to remove red wine stains is with white wine or white vinegar. You simply have to blot the excess liquid, pour white wine over the stain and blot again. Repeat the procedure until the stain is gone.

    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
    VA:F [1.9.3_1094]
    Rating: 0 (from 0 votes)

Leave a comment!

You must be logged in to post a comment.