How to remove a wine stain?

March 22nd at 9:39pm

Did you accidentally get a wine stain on your favourite shirt or your best tablecloth? Rest assured, there are many ways to remove this type of stain, whether it's from clothing, a sofa or a carpet. Discover all our tips to easily remove a red or white wine stain, using natural products such as hot milk, lemon juice or Terre de Sommières.

How to remove a wine stain with soapy water?

The easiest solutions are often the best: you can remove a wine stain from a fabric simply by using soapy water. You can use Marseille soap, for example, or any other soap of your choice. However, it is important to treat the stain quickly, before it has had time to dry. Here's how to do it:

  • Start by gently blotting the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel;
  • Soak a sponge in soapy water;
  • Gently rub the wine stain with the sponge, then rinse.

You can use plain water, but you can also use sparkling water for an even better result. For stubborn stains, feel free to add to the soapy water a drop of household alcohol.

How to remove a wine stain with hot milk?

Did you know that you can remove a wine stain from any fabric using hot milk? This is because the proteins in milk have the power to act on the wine’s tannins. This is the ideal solution for removing a stain that has already dried. Here are the different steps:

  • First, gently dab the wine stain with a clean cloth or paper towel;
  • Dip the cloth in warm milk;
  • Leave it for at least an hour;
  • Rinse thoroughly.

If you don't have milk in your fridge, this method also works with makeup remover.

How to remove a wine stain with lemon juice?

Among the many natural tricks to easily remove a wine stain from clothing or a sofa, lemon juice should not be forgotten either. For the most resistant stains, you can combine it with baking soda: this 100% natural powder works miracles on wine stains. Here's how to do it:

  • Mix two spoons of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon;
  • Apply the resulting paste directly on the wine stain;
  • Leave it on for about an hour and then rinse it off.

This method can be used on both white and coloured fabrics. Do not hesitate to repeat the operation if you notice that the stain has not completely disappeared.

How to remove a wine stain with Terre de Sommières?

Terre de Sommières takes its name from a village near Montpellier. Used since the dawn of time as a natural stain remover, this very fine clay powder is known for its great absorption capacities. It can be used to clean all stains, especially wine stains, on any surface. It also neutralizes the smell of alcohol. To use Terre de Sommières on a wine stain, you can:

  • Absorb the excess wine with a clean cloth or paper towel;
  • Sprinkle the Terre de Sommières over the entire stain;
  • Leave for two to three hours;
  • Scrub before removing the powder, using a small hoover for example.

How to remove a wine stain with flour?

To remove a wine stain from a piece of fabric, you need to use a product that will absorb the liquid. You will find some of these products in your cupboards such as flour, cornstarch or talcum powder. They have the added advantage of being inexpensive. To remove a wine stain with flour, do not wait for it to dry and proceed as follows:

  • Sprinkle the wine stain with one to two tablespoons of flour;
  • Leave it on until the stain is dry;
  • Brush the fabric to remove the flour.

However, avoid using salt on a red wine stain: contrary to popular belief, salt will instead fix the stain on the fabric and make it indelible.

How to remove a wine stain with white vinegar?

White vinegar is one of those essential products that can clean everything in the house, whether it's in the kitchen or the bathroom. But have you ever thought of using it to clean a wine stain on your carpet or T-shirt? All you need to do is:

  • Mix 10cl of white vinegar with 10cl of cold water;
  • Apply this mixture directly to the stain;
  • Leave it on for a few minutes;
  • Rub gently to avoid damaging the fabric, then rinse.