Removing Wine Stains on Fabric

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November 8, 2006

Mother of Bride dress: label says 67% polyester, 33% nylon; lining 100% polyester. Professionally spot clean only. Instructions say: Do Not Dry Clean. I spilled wine (white Zin, I think, looks like a water spot and is colorless) on the dress and no dry cleaner in this town will touch it. They're afraid of leaving water spots. Suggestions and help please!

Brenda from Raleigh, NC


November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Seriously - with a label like that, if this is a dress that you can iron after, I'd toss the whole thing right into a cold, delicate wash cycle. I have 5 or 6 of brushed silk button up shirts that I wear to work, which say "dry clean only" and the smallest thing can put a water mark on them.


So, I just wash them and hang them to dry, then iron on a setting hot enough to press them back to perfect.

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By Grandma Margie. (Guest Post)
November 9, 20060 found this helpful

Several years ago I happened to be in a JC Penney's outlet store on Halloween. There were two huge racks of wedding dresses for $50.00 each. I knew my husband's sister was looking for a wedding dress. It needed to be gorgeous but cheap! Like we're going to find THAT! To make a long story shorter......I found an absolutely stunning dress on that rack. The bodice and bottom half of the long sheath skirt was absolutely covered with seed pearls, crystals, sequins and more, embroidered on beautiful heavy lace appliques. It had all the BLING and GLITZ she was hoping for! The only "problem" was that it had fallen off the hanger at some point and it looked like someone had run over the upper skirt part with a shopping cart and left a large black mark on the upper hip! I decided to "take a chance" and bought it! My sister-in- law was very short and I knew that I would be separating the skirt and bodice at the waist area and shortening the skirt........doing it at the waist meant that I would NOT have to remove and reapply all the fancy appliques on the lower part of the skirt! I thought I'd be cutting off the stained part! WRONG! To make matters worse my sister-in -law LOVED the dress so we couldn't cut our losses and start over with a different dress. After thinking about it for several days I finally decided to check the fabric content of the dress. I was shocked to see that it was 100 % polyester and nylon!!!! All the lace and BLING was also sewn on by hand.....nothing glued.....which is often the case!


I gathered up all my courage and my box of Tide and a fairly large plastic storage container and the wedding dress and headed to the bathroom. I put warm water and Tide in the container which was sitting in my bathtub and dunked the whole wedding dress into the water! I took a clean white washcloth and gently "worked" the stained area. To my surprise and relief IT CAME OUT! Then I just rinsed and rinsed it in cold water several times and then took it, dripping wet, no wringing, out to my clothesline and hung it over the line to dry! It worked!!!! It was all back to glistening white! I touched up the smooth satin areas with a warm (NOT HOT!) iron. No one knew,,,,,not even the bride! I never told her I had washed her wedding gown in Tide!!
So to Brenda..........check the dress carefully...... if everything is sewn (no glued on sequins!) and there isn't anything attached that may be cotton or rayon (which might shrink).... it's possible that you could wash the dress. If it's a dark color I guess it's possible that the color could fade or run but usually polyester doesn't do my experience. If you decide to wash it I would not put it in a machine. I would get a large container of some type like I did and grab it by the shoulders and "dunk" it in and out of the water numerous times then rinse very well and let it drip dry. Do not wring it out or spin dry. It seems like this might be your only choice since it is not wearable at this point and you just might get lucky, like I did, and fix it yourself!

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
November 9, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with the advice given so far. The reason the dress maker says "dry clean only" is likely to prevent folks from wearing it once, washing it, returning it with some sort of "complaint" as an excuse for refunds. However, unless there's something like rayon ribbon, or severely contrasting other colored trim, it should


wash, no problem. I'd do it! Good luck and God bless. : )

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I need to know how to remove red wine stains from a sheet set that (I already laundered).


August 2, 20170 found this helpful

I would try oxyclean. If white cotton, bleach.

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February 22, 2010

I would like information on cleaning white polyester fabric with wine stains.

By Susan Smith from Oxford, MS


February 25, 20100 found this helpful

Is the fabric totally 100 percent polyester? If so, I've heard that white toothpaste. The regular, old white paste kind, NOT the gel kind, will remove stains. But: the fabric has to be completely polyester, any other kind of fabric (cotton, spandex, nylon, whatever) in the item and the toothpaste won't work and might damage the item.


Also, as a last resort and if the item is washable in warm or hot water, try this: hold the item over a sink or bathtub and pour boiling water on the stained part. Item must be washable in warm or hot water, though; otherwise, the boiling water would probably ruin it (and possibly might anyway, that's why I call this the last resort). Good luck!

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February 22, 2010

One of my comforters has a red wine stain. What is the best home made recipe to take off this stain without damage to my bed comforter? The fabric is cotton.

By lidia from Hanover Park, IL


Wine Stains on Washable Fabrics

You're going to think this is crazy, but it has worked for me since I was in my 20s and out every night dancing, and spilling red wine. That is 35 years. Put the item in the kitchen sink with the plug in. Pour cheap white wine on it. You can see the red wine lift out instantly. It's like magic. Then launder as you normally would. When a friend told me this all those years ago, I thought she was crazy. Now, I keep a big jug of cheap white wine under my kitchen sink. (08/19/2009)


By Candace Kowal

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August 15, 2009

If you spill wine on your clothing or a tablecloth, blot it immediately with a clean piece of cloth and sponge the area with cool water or club soda. If the stain is still there put salt on the stain and then pour hot (near boiling) water through the stain. Once the stain is weakened, wash the clothing normally with detergent.

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