If you love having get-togethers, then you’re more than familiar with the old red wine on the tablecloth spill. And though you may want to immediately clear the table to clean your beloved tablecloth, that’s not exactly practical when you have a dining room full of dinner guests.
So how do you remove red wine stains from tablecloths and other linens? Continue reading to learn how to do it.
1. Use white vinegar for red wine stain removal
It is well-known that white vinegar can neutralize red pigments. It can be used for cleaning red wine from your favorite shirt or other linens.
- Pour the vinegar on the wine stain.
- Next, rub the liquid laundry detergent into the stain as well.
- Rinse the tablecloth with warm water.
- Wash the tablecloth in warm or hot water and then again in cold water.
2. Try table salt to remove red wine stain
Red wine that is leaking must be stopped immediately. Use a paper towel to wipe off any wine stains.
- Add a few tablespoonfuls of table salt and cover the stain.
- Leave the salt-covered stain on for anywhere from 10-30 mins–or until it absorbs the red wine stain.
- Dry the stain completely.
- Remove all salt from the tablecloth by rinsing it with water.
3. Boil water to remove red wine stains
You’ll need a big soup pot for this method. And remember to use caution when removing the tablecloth from the pot, so that you don’t burn yourself.
- Fill the pot with water and bring to a boil on the stove.
- While the hot water heats up, get a large bowl or glass and place it in your tub or sink.
- Place the used tablecloth on top of the bowl so that the red wine stain remains in the middle.
- Wrap the cloth in lace or rubber bands.
- Use boiling water to clean the stain.
4. Pre-treat Red Wine Stains w/ Oxiclean & Bleach
You can also remove wine stains (as well as tomato, grease, pet urine stains) by pre-treating them with OxiClean, and then watching them with bleach and detergent.
- Before using OxiClean, it’s best to test it in an inconspicuous place on the fabric.
- Spray the solution directly on the tablecloth stain or spot until it’s saturated. Let the solution set on the fabric for about 5 to 30 minutes. Note that fuabrics that are susceptible to color changes should not be left standing for more than five minutes.
- Wash the tablecloth using detergent in the warmest water that the fabric will tolerate. Add a half a tablespoon of bleach to the wash as well.