Remove red wine stains from textiles and solid surfaces

In addition to blood stains, red wine stains are one of the most common and most feared types of stains. They develop an impressive tenacity in clothing and all other textiles as well as on wood, carpet and even stone and concrete. The internet with its unmanageable number of advice forums has taken the scare away.

From washable to textile and flexible to fixed and firm

If red wine stains have occurred, the removal method depends first on whether the stained material is washable or not. Soiled clothes, wine in the shirt, on the jeans or in the trousers and in the tablecloth or curtain end up in the washing machine. Intensive pre-treatments can ensure the washing result.

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In the case of firmly fixed textiles on the sofa or as carpet, only external measures are possible. With them, it is important to create a balance between the aggressiveness of cleaning and the sensitivity of the material. Natural fibers are often easier to process than plastic.

Red wine stains on solid and fixed materials such as wood, concrete and natural stone pose a special challenge. In these cases, strong bleaching agents usually have to be used and it is not always possible to remove them without a trace.

Pre-treatment of washable materials

It is advisable to pre-treat red wine stains so that they disappear in normal laundry. Theoretically, a detergent solution and temperature is possible that is sufficient for removal from shirt, jeans, tablecloth and other clothing. In doing so, however, the tissue is completely stressed.

Soaking individual pieces with multiple stains for several hours makes sense. The following agents, which are mixed into a water bath, are suitable for this:

  • Citric acid / juice
  • Stain remover
  • Cleaning punch with white wine or sparkling wine with a half-to-half mixing ratio
  • Milk or buttermilk for white, very light-colored textiles and jeans
  • Washing-up liquid

Alternatively, the red wine stains can be rubbed in or sprayed with the following means:

  • Gall soap
  • Enzyme cleaner
  • Window cleaner

Since all substances are bleaching agents in the laundry, the color fastness of the textiles should be checked in an inconspicuous place before use.

Fixed textile surfaces such as upholstery and carpets

A classic home remedy is the removal of red wine stains with salt. However, this method reaches its limits when removing dried red wine stains. Another popular home remedy is neutralizing removal with white wine or sparkling wine.

On fresh red wine stains, the dry salt can simply be generously sprinkled on the stains. After about an hour, the salt is sucked off and the process repeated if necessary. With older and dried red wine stains, the absorbent effect of the salt is caused by moistening. The wet salt should sit on the sofa or carpet for 24 hours before vacuuming it off.

Dried red wine stains can also be removed by using color-neutral or transparent alcohol. White wine is the most popular type, but rubbing alcohol, but also sparkling wine, champagne and colorless schnapps such as brandy and vodka fulfill the same function.

Horizontal and vertical wooden surfaces

For fresh red wine stains on wood, generous spraying with shaving foam helps as an immediate measure, as is also advisable when cleaning carpets. After a few minutes of exposure time, the shaving foam is wiped off and the process is repeated if necessary.

A bleach for wood is recommended for red wine stains that have already penetrated deeper and / or dried up. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia is particularly recommended for vertical wooden surfaces. The mixture is poisonous and may only be processed with protective devices.

On horizontal wooden surfaces such as table tops, you can also try the salt suction method, as on textile surfaces, and sprinkling a moist, self-made paste made of baking powder or baking soda.

Natural stone, plaster and concrete

Even if it doesn't happen very often, there are always cases where red wine stains appear on stone and concrete surfaces. If the stains have arisen on a wallpapered wall, removal is not possible, as any cleaning agent would peel off the wallpaper.

If red wine is splashed on concrete surfaces, stone oil will help soften the marks. When using bleach to remove stains, care must be taken not to dissolve the concrete. Vinegar or white wine can be tried. 35 percent hydrogen peroxide can be applied to natural stone surfaces for bleaching.

Relatively harsh bleaching agents must be applied to red wine stains on plastered walls. They make normal rough and smooth plaster applications no problem. Laundry bleach with chlorine or
Oxygen-based bleaches are suitable. They are applied to the stains with an acid-proof brush. After about 24 hours of exposure, the bleached areas can be matched to the surrounding color by touching up the paint, such as chalk.

Tips & Tricks In principle, you can use and try most of the methods alternately with different stain carriers. Hydrogen peroxide also helps with clothing and salt can also work on wood. You just have to make sure that the agent of your choice is not too aggressive for the surface of the carrier.