Removing Red Wine Stains from Tablecloth

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Dinner was perfect up until the wine glass flung itself onto the tablecloth. Spills happen, but removing red wine can be difficult. This is a page about removing red wine stains from a tablecloth.


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August 30, 2011

Do you need to get rid of wine stains? Or any other juice stains for that matter? This is a tried and true solution:

  1. Stretch stained fabric over a colander and place it in the sink.
  2. Bring plain water to a boil.
  3. Hold the teapot or pan approximately 2 feet above the fabric and pour water onto the stain.

I know this sounds crazy, but it actually works like a stain eraser. No chemicals needed. This works on all types of juice stains. Try it!

By Leslie from Falls Church, VA

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For a red wine stain, place the cloth item over a large bowl so it is stretched over the rim. Boil water in a tea kettle and pour over the fabric from about a foot away. Keep the cloth item stretched tight so it doesn't go to the bottom of the bowl.


The force of the water, combined with the heat takes out the stain. I once did this on an antique crocheted tablecloth that my grandmother made it and came out beautifully!

Source: My mother

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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There are two things that work for me. You can pour white wine or club soda water (not pop or soda pop) on the spots that have the red wine, let it set for a bit and wash the tablecloth. Or if you can, hang the tablecloth out in the sunlight, it too helps to get rid of the stain.

You can take it from me, as a winemaker, I have spilled lots of wine on numerous items, especially dinner tablecloths.

By Elayne Mills M. from Dalhousie, Nova Scotia

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August 31, 2011

The best solution I've found for red wine stains is whole milk. I just soak the stain in milk and rinse with cool water.


Sometimes it takes more than one application and it won't work on old stains, but it usually works with fresh ones.

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August 30, 2011

The first solution for removing red wine stains is to always have white wine on hand. Dilute the spot with white wine, and then flush with cool water and apply salt.

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May 31, 2005

Use club soda to get wine stains out of linens and clothes.

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May 16, 2004

I have a giant wine stain on my favorite tablecloth. It's a cotton table cloth with a floral pattern but it is pretty light so the stain will look really bad if I can't remove it.


I didn't really know how to treat it so I put it in a bucket of water to keep it wet. Does anyone have any tips for removing it? Thanks, Christine in CA


May 17, 20040 found this helpful
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The best thing I have found removing red wine and other organic stains is OxiClean. It's colorsafe, just follow the label directions.

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By Natalie (Guest Post)
June 25, 20070 found this helpful
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I had luck with hydrogen peroxide mixed with a small amount of liquid detergent. Let it sit for awhile (maybe 15 minutes), then wash. I also removed a very old stain on my crushed velvet couch with this. Good luck

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How do you get red wine stains off white or pale colored table cloths? Either linen or synthetic fabric.

By Beverly


July 10, 20110 found this helpful

Someone already gave an answer to your same question, here is the post.


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