How to Remove Old Wine Stains

Red wine is notorious for being spilled and irreversibly staining clothing, furniture or carpet. Fortunately, its notoriety has led people to discover numerous ways of removing red wine stains.

While most of these involve blotting or treating the stain as soon as it happens, even old red wine stains can be removed with a few household products and persistence.

  1. Mix equal parts dish liquid and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Lay the stained item on top of an old towel and soak the old stain with the dish liquid and peroxide solution.

  2. Allow the stain to soak for several hours; overnight is best. Keep the stain moist by applying more dish liquid and peroxide solution throughout the day.

  3. Blot gently with a damp towel. The stain should begin to fade. When the stain is mostly removed, rinse it with cold water and wash it on the cold cycle in the washing machine.

  4. Pull the clothing out of the washing machine and check the stain. If some stain remains, repeat Steps 1 through 3. Tumble dry only when the stain is totally removed.

  5. Use the same mixture for stains on carpets and upholstery. Soak the stain with the solution, allowing it to sit for several hours.

  6. Blot gently with a towel, working from the edges of the stain inward, every hour, adding more solution afterward. Continue until the stain is gone.