How to Remove Red Wine Stains

Tutorials, Uncategorized, Washing / Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

This is an excerpt from The Little Book of Stain Removal, which is available to order in physical or eBook form from my shop.

I know that you might be feeling too tipsy to deal with it right now, but try to follow these steps as best you can, given your situation. If you’ve managed to sober up enough to think to Google how to get red wine stains out, I have faith that you can go all the way. 

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It’s worth noting that the fresher the stain, the easier it is to get out. If you’re too drunk to do anything, just try and do these first two steps:

More delicate fabrics (especially silk) will need to be taken to the dry cleaner, but try to keep the stain damp until you get there if you can.

  • Using some kitchen roll or a clean cloth (one that you don’t mind getting red wine on!) gently BLOT the stain; definitely don’t rub at it!
  • DON’T LET THE STAIN DRY! Dampen the stained area with one of the liquids on this list. 

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  • While the fabric is still damp/wet, cover the stain generously with salt (any kind of salt will do), and using your fingers, lightly press the salt into the stain. The salt should absorb the wine and help to lift the stain. Only apply salt to a stain on clothing, not on carpet (as the salt crystals will end up embedded in the carpet!)
  • After 30-45 minutes, brush off the salt crystals to see whether the stain has improved at all.
  • If the stain is still there and you’re feeling too tipsy to apply a pre-treatment (), make sure that you keep the stain saturated using any four of the options above, and blot it every now and then with a clean cloth.
  • When you can, apply a pre-treatment of a suitable liquid laundry detergent. Let the pre-treatment sit on the fabric and soak into the fibres for about 15 minutes.
  • Either rinse the stained area thoroughly from behind using the cool tap, or wash the garment as you usually would, at 30C.
  • If the stain is still visible, try soaking the discoloured area in cold water mixed with a little bit of detergent for half an hour, before washing again.


  • Apply a pre-treatment and allow the detergent to soak into the fibres for around 15 minutes.
  • Flush the stain from behind using the cold tap.
  • Soak the stained area in a bowl of cool water mixed with your chosen detergent for about half an hour.
  • Wash the garment as you usually would.

Treating the stain once it has dried is definitely less likely to be effective than if you’re able to treat the stain while it’s still fresh, but is definitely still worth a go!

If you’re not able to get the discolouration out, visit this post on Easy Ways to Hide Stains on Clothes

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