Remove red wine stains on wood

The spectrum of possible landing areas for a spilled red wine on wood ranges from the untreated couch and dining table to solid wood furniture to unsealed parquet or floorboards. In all cases, penetration of the red wine stains can hardly be avoided. Bleach can be used before the laborious sanding process.

Speed is the key

Lacquered and painted wooden surfaces repel red wine like all other liquids. If the wood is untreated or open to diffusion, as is the case with waxing or oiling, red wine is immediately absorbed to a greater or lesser extent.

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After the fresh red wine hits, a small race against time begins with the onset of salt. The sucking up of the salt is opposed to the sucking up of the wood. The application of the absorbent active ingredient in the salt, the trickling aid sodium carbonate, is even more effective in concentrated form than powdered whiting chalk.

As with removing red wine stains in general, success largely depends on quick action. Other removal methods for non-washable surfaces such as cleaning with white wine or pouring mineral water with a high carbon dioxide content are also worthwhile as first aid measures.

Remove visible layer of wood

If old red wine stains that have been drawn in and dried are to be removed, relatively aggressive tools are required. Since the color particles are also distributed in deeper layers of the wood, the removal must take place in the depth of the visibility. Bleach and stains are suitable for this.

Since in most cases it is impossible to completely put the soiled wood in a stain or bleach, a visible layer treatment is the most suitable approach. The fibers in the upper pore layer are "freely etched". For this purpose, a bleach specially designed for stain removal is applied.

Lightening can be observed during exposure and the bleaching is discontinued if the result is desired. The bleached wood must air out for up to several days, depending on the type of agent used. Especially when bleaching with chlorine or substances containing chlorine such as sanitary cleaners, the evaporation of up to four weeks must be taken into account.

Tips & Tricks Refrain from deep or intensive cleaning of old, high-quality wood such as antique furniture or fine parquet. High-quality woods are frugal and often "process" stains surprisingly quickly with the help of atmospheric oxygen and use.