How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Linen

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Spilling red wine on your favorite linen outfit or tablecloth can be a total bummer, especially when you don’t know how to remove the stain. 

But don’t worry! I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to get rid of those pesky stains and help you avoid spills in the future.

In this article, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get those pesky red wine stains out.

Let’s get started.

Understanding Red Wine Stains 

Red wine contains a chemical called tannin that can cling to fabrics and create a dark, permanent stain. Linen is more absorbent than synthetic materials, making it more susceptible to staining.

So, if you spill red wine on linen, it’s important to act quickly to prevent the stain from setting in.

Tips for Treating Red Wine Stains on Linen 

Here are some steps to help you remove red wine stains from linen:

Step 1: Blot the stain with a clean cloth to remove as much of the excess wine as possible. Don’t rub the stain, as this can spread it further.

Step 2: Apply a stain remover to the area and let it sit for a few minutes before washing the linen in cold water. Avoid using hot water or bleach as this can set the stain and make it even more difficult to remove.

Step 3: If the stain is still visible, repeat steps 1 and 2 until it disappears.

Additional Remedies for Red Wine Stains on Linen 

If the stain still won’t budge, there are a few alternative methods you can try:

Method 1: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, and apply the solution to the stain. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing the linen in cold water.

Method 2: Create a paste using baking soda and water, and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for a few hours before washing the linen in cold water.

Preventing Red Wine Stains on Linen 

It’s better to avoid red wine stains altogether. Here are some tips to help you prevent spills:

Tip 1: Use coasters or placemats to protect your linen surfaces. This can also add some style to your dining area!

Tip 2: Treat spills immediately to prevent them from setting in. Don’t wait until the end of the night to clean up a spill.

Tip 3: Avoid placing wine glasses near the edge of the table, where they can be easily knocked over. It’s safer to keep them in the center of the table or on a separate side table.


By following these tips, you can remove red wine stains from linen with ease and avoid spills altogether. 

Remember to act quickly, use cold water, and avoid rubbing or using hot water or bleach. 

With a little patience and some elbow grease, your linen will look as good as new in no time!

Looking for more tips for removing hard-to-clean stains?

See Removing Blood Stains from Your Mattress: A Safe and Effective Solution.  

Thank you for reading my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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