The sooner you remove wine stains, the better. All methods to clean red wine spills work best when you do it right away. On carpets, clothing, table cloths and upholstery, spills happen when people are having fun. Okay, it’s not the most fun thing to do at a party, and you don’t want to make your guests uncomfortable but there are some tricks to deal with is super-fast, maybe no one will be the wise.  Better yet, you can wow the crowd as they watch the red disappear!

Watch Club Soda Instantly Remove Fresh Red Wine Spills!

Always have a bottle of unopened club soda on hand. It’s amazing and a life saver. This method is safe for most fabrics, carpets and upholstery. It requires speed, but there is only a bit of wet left behind and no unpleasant smells or residue.

  1. If possible put a towel under the stained item
  2. Blot excess wine out with paper towel
  3. Pour club soda on stain
  4. Let bubble up
  5. Blot
  6. Repeat until wine stain is removed

You can use this method with milk or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and liquid soap if you are not concerned about the colour fastness of the fabric or carpet.

*Note, the milk method I not recommended for upholstery, milk smells pretty bad when it soaks into the cushions of your couch… and any mother will know

Wine vs Wine: White Wine wins in Removing Set Red Wine Stains!

Sometimes we just can’t deal with a stain right away. Or maybe your sister borrowed your top and it mysteriously can back stained with red wine… or is that just me? Anyways, you can still remove red wine stains after they dry, it may be less effective depending on the wine. A light Pinot is much more likely to come out than a deep Barolo.

So how cool is this?  White wine to take out red! This can even be done on a wet stain, but it seems sad to pout wine on the floor intentionally at a party. This is a handy trick for the next day when you see a dribble on your carpet or sofa.  Use left-over white wine to clean wine stains!

This method is suitable for all the places a wine stain cleaning might be needed.

  1. Generously pour white wine over the red wine stain
  2. Cover the stain with a thick baking soda paste (which you can make by mixing a teeny amount of white wine or water with baking soda)
  3. Set it set for several hours, the baking soda should “suck up” the red wine
  4. Then either wash item as usual or spot wash with soap and water, blotting all excess liquid away with a clean cloth.

You can also try shaving cream as a pre-treatment to set before the washing machine, it works well on table cloths!

Cheers, now you can serve red wine worry free. Just don’t forget the club soda!