Top Methods To Remove The Inevitable Red Wine Stains This Holiday

By December 12, 2016 Cleaning Tips

One of the most enjoyable activities this time of year are the holiday parties we share with friends & family. The sad truth is: when you mix a group of people with holiday cheer and wine, some stains are almost inevitable! Before you say goodbye to your favorite shirt or table cloth, try some of our tips and maybe your linens can survive to join the celebration next year.

In 2001, a study was conducted on red wine stain removal by Natalie Ramirez and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at University of California, Davis. The study’s goal was to determine which cleaning methods would best remove these stains from a variety of white fabrics. No single method is ideal for all fabric types so what follows are some effective treatments to use on particular linens. Different strategies should also be used depending on how long the wine has had a chance to set so we’ve outline those below as well. It’s also important to note that there’s a lot of misinformation about how to remove red wine stain so we thought it might help to also mention the treatments that were the least effective. The first important tip to remember is that you’ll always want to treat any stain as soon as possible. Any stain that has a chance to set and dry will be much more difficult to remove!

Red Wine Cleaning Treatments

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with an equal volume of Dawn liquid soap
  • Camco’s Erado-Sol laboratory cleaning solution (Stain Rx)
  • Gonzo “Wine Out” Red Wine Stain Remover
  • Wine Away” Red Wine Stain Remover
  • Salt (applied only to 2 minute-stains, as it was used to absorb the liquid out of the fabric)
  • Sauvignon Blanc white wine
  • A solution of vinegar and Dawn liquid followed by rubbing alcohol
  • Spray ‘n Wash

Cotton

MOST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Spray ‘N Wash (after laundering, stain not visible)
Erado-sol (after laundering, stain not visible)
Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, stain not visible)

MOST effective for 24-Hour Stains

Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, stain not visible)

LEAST effective for 2-Minute Stains

White wine (left a visible stain and results were the same as laundered-only “control”
fabric)
Salt treatment (left a visible stain and results were the same as laundered-only “control”
fabric)
Wine Away (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)

LEAST effective for 24-Hour Stains

Wine Away (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)
White wine (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)

Polyester/Cotton Blend

The polyester/cotton blend results were somewhat similar to cotton results above except
that all the treatments we used were at least slightly better than laundering alone.

MOST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Erado-sol (after laundering, stain not visible)
Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, stain not visible)
Spray n Wash (after laundering stain barely visible )

MOST effective for 24-Hour Stains

Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, stain not visible)
Erado-sol (after laundering, stain barely visible)

LEAST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Wine Away (visible stain after laundering)
Salt (visible stain after laundering)

LEAST effective for 24-Hour Stains

White wine (visible stain after laundering)
Wine Away (visible stain after laundering)

Nylon

MOST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Erado-sol (after laundering, stain not visible)
White wine (after laundering, stain not visible)

MOST effective for 24-Hour Stains

White wine (after laundering, stain barely visible)

LEAST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Salt (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)

LEAST effective for 24-Hour Stains

Wine Out (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)

Silk

MOST effective for 2-Minute Stains

Erado-sol (after laundering, left only a very slight stain)
Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, left a slight but detectable stain)
Spray N Wash (after laundering, left a slight but detectable stain)

MOST effective for 24-Hour Stains

Peroxide/Dawn solution (after laundering, stain slightly visible)

LEAST effective for 2-Minute Stains

All other treatments on 2-minute stains left behind very obvious stains after laundering

LEAST effective for 24-Hour Stains

White wine (left a visible stain which was worse than the laundered-only “control” fabric)

Final Thoughts

In general, the peroxide/Dawn solution is a good choice and on some fabrics, works the best. It’s important to remember that peroxide will bleach some colored fabrics so it may be wise to check on an inconspicuous area first. That being said, no bleaching was noted on any of the colored fabrics the peroxide was applied to during the test. Chlorine bleach and industrial non-chlorine bleaches are also very effective for remove red wine stains but were not incorporated in this test because they can only be applied to white fabrics. If we leave you one last bit of advice, it’s to avoid wearing silk when you might be near any clumsy red wine drinkers (including yourself). Not only is this typically an expensive fabric, the odds aren’t in your favor if you need to remove a wine stain.

Nobody can completely avoid making some messes during the holidays and Blue Spruce Maids is always happy to help with your house cleaning Denver. You can receive andinstant quote and book your cleaning in just 60 seconds! We also offer gift cards so you can help your friends and family recover as well!
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR!

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