How to Remove Wine Stains From Linen

Wine stains cause a problem on linen fabrics and should be treated as soon as possible.

Fresh Stain

Sprinkle salt on red wine spills to stop the spread.
Stain cleaners specifically for wine are available from the do-it-yourself store but can be costly and confusing to apply. Wine stains can be removed with basic household items you keep in your kitchen cupboards. Red wine presents more of a problem than white wine due to the pigment from the black grape skins. A fresh stain is removable in a quick period of time but older stains will take a little longer to clean. .

Shake a layer of salt over the stain on the linen. The salt acts as a barrier to stop the stain from spreading. Leave the salt for a minute to soak up the wine.

Brush away the salt and blot the stain with a damp towel using warm water. White wine stains on linen will be removed with salt, blotting with a damp towel, and a hot wash in a standard washing machine.

Add 1 tsp. of vinegar over a red wine stain and blot with the damp towel. Use the vinegar if the wine stain is difficult to remove.

Dry Stains

Pour some soda water, club soda or white wine on a dried red wine stain.

Mix 1 tbsp. baking soda and 1 tbsp. of vinegar into 1/4 cup of hot water. The mixture should resemble a paste. Add more baking soda if required.

Apply the baking soda paste to the red wine stain on the linen. Ensure the paste covers the stain and leave for around two hours, dousing with warm water when the paste starts drying.

Wipe the paste away with the damp towel and wash the linen garment as normal.

Things You Will Need

  • Salt
  • Warm water
  • Absorbent towel
  • Vinegar
  • Soda water
  • Baking soda


  • Clean the stain as soon as possible. The quicker the stain is tackled the easier it will be removed.
  • Blot the stain with the damp towel. Rubbing will spread the stain.


  • Bleaching agents in commercial wine cleaners may alter the color of linen fabrics.

About the Author

Chris Simon began writing articles and fiction in 1988. His work has appeared in Science Fiction and Fantasy World Horror Writers U.K and "Flashlight."