It happens to the best of us, one minute you’re enjoying a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and the next there’s a bright red wine stain in the middle of your white shirt, carpet, or couch. No matter where you’ve made the spill, we have a brilliant DIY solution to help you get red wine out of anything. At Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, we’ve got 15 years of experience in touring, tasting and spilling!

Why Does Red Wine Stain?

Red wine stains are infamously hard to remove because its colouring is 100% natural and contains both chromogens and tannins, which are chemical compounds also found in dye and ink. When a glass of red wine is spilt, it will penetrate the fabric and try to fill every space of the porous material. You should deal with spills immediately and never apply dry heat from a blow dryer or clothes dryer, to prevent the stain from becoming permanent. The Niagara region benefits from its own microclimate allowing a huge variety of grapes to be grown which includes Merlot and Grenache. These grapes make for beautiful full-bodied wines that have a deep red colour but those pesky tannins can be a nightmare for fabrics.

Blot, Don’t Rub

The key to successfully removing a red wine stain is to act fast. The first thing you’re going to want to do is gently blot the stained area with a paper towel to absorb the excess liquid. You should never rub a stain because this creates friction that will generate dry heat and push the stain deeper into the pores of the material, which will make it near impossible to remove.

Salt is your Best Friend

Next, you need a dry, powdery substance like salt or baking soda to generously sprinkle on the stain to will help to absorb and pull out the stain. If you have club soda available, pour some on the stain as well to break up the wine molecules to encourage the stain to breakdown and disappear.

Wait Overnight

Now, you should leave the salt and soda concoction on the area overnight, or at least for a few hours, to allow the mixture time to pull the stain from the material. The next day, blot the area again to take away any excess soda water and then vacuum away the powder if the stain is on carpet or upholstery, or rinse with cold water if the stain was on an article of clothing. Then wash as usual if satisfied with the results.

Get Red Wine Out Of Anything

We hope this easy way to remove red wine stains from anything helps you out the next time you’re in a pinch. We love red wine, and we know you do too, so we shouldn’t let the possibility of a stain stop us from enjoying it.

There are over 85 wineries in the Niagara region, over 20 of which are in Niagara on the Lake nestled below the Niagara Escarpment amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards stretching from the picturesque Niagara River Parkway. The region produces a huge variety of red wines meaning there are more opportunities to spill and stain! At Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, we offer professional guided wine tours to take the stress out of organizing your wine tour. We’ll create an itinerary, arrange wine tastings, provide transportation and show you some of the best wineries in Niagara. And don’t worry, our expert tour guides are always equipped with paper towels and salt!

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