Party Foul! How to Clean Up Wine Stains

Party Foul! How to Clean Up Wine Stains

Emma Christensen
Nov 30, 2009

Serving red wine? Just accept the inevitable! At some point in the evening, you or one of your guests is going to spill their wine, drip on the carpet while refilling a glass, or leave a ring on your white tablecloth. Relax! Just because it's bound to happen doesn't mean that all our good clothes will be ruined. Here's what to do:

1. Blot Up Excess Wine - Use a clean dishtowel or rag to blot up the excess wine. Don't rub or wipe, since this will just press the wine further into the fabric.

2. Sprinkle with Salt - Sprinkle salt over the spill until you can't see the stain anymore. Let the salt dry and then scrape it off before rinsing and washing the garment.

3. Rinse the Stain - When the salt is dry, rinse the stain with club soda or a mix of equal parts dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide. If the stain is on a carpet, blot the stain using a sponge. Hydrogen peroxide can be a bleaching agent, so only use it on light colored fabrics or test it on an inside corner of the garment before using.

We've also heard that immediately rinsing a red wine stain with white wine will prevent the red wine from setting in the fabric!

Do you have any sure-fire methods for getting wine stains out of clothes?

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