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How to Clean Champagne Stains

Champagne is a common but persistent household stain. Use tried-and-true basic cleansing techniques to remove it from home surfaces.

Though most sparkling wines are clear or light in color, when the wine dries on an object or clothing, an [oxidation reaction can leave an unsightly stain](http://camelotcleanersberkleycom/bridalgownsphp).  If you end up with splotches on your party dress or favorite sofa after New Year's Eve, learn how to do a quick damage control
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Things You Will Need

  • Lukewarm water
  • Mild dish soap
  • White napkin, cloth or towel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bristle brush
  • Club soda
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Olive oil
  • White vinegar
  • Melamine foam eraser

Champagne and Fabric

Wine stains in formal attire can be frustrating, because they may not appear immediately after wear.  Storage in a damp area, dry cleaning or simple contact with air over time can make the wine's sugars turn yellow or brown.

However, treatment of brand-new or freshly appeared stains is basically the same process.  With a white lint-free cloth, blot the stain with [lukewarm water and a gentle dish soap](http://wwwgoodhousekeepingcom/institute/a23123/new-years-day-stains/) solution.

Rinse through with more water.  [Avoid very hot water](http://wwwsiedu/mci/english/learn_more/taking_care/stainshtml) and heat from a dryer, especially for older marks, as heat can set the stain.


Tip

* Baby shampoo is a good substitute for a mild dish soap. * Be gentle when blotting: Intense rubbing can damage the textile, and pressure forces the tannins from the wine further into fabric.


Preserve Your Furniture

Treat slipcover stains as you would a dress: Dilute the stain as much as possible with water or club soda; then flush it out with warm water and a soapy solution.  **Be** **patient**.

It may take several sessions to remove a stain completely.  Prepare for bigger challenges with high-end furniture fabrics like leather or microfiber.

A [mixture of olive oil and vinegar](http://magazinefoxnewscom/at-home/30-handy-uses-vinegar) is a natural cleaner for leather furniture.  Use a [diluted rubbing alcohol spray](http://wwwjsonlinecom/blogs/lifestyle/228872911html) -- it may seem counterintuitive, but rubbing alcohol doesn't have sugar in it, so it doesn't have the same staining power as wine -- to pick up stains from a microfiber couch.

Tip

After your microfiber couch dries, use a bristle brush to "fluff" its nap.


Watch Your Walls

After a really wild party, look at your walls: Stains may appear on wallpaper or painted surfaces.  A 10-to-1 solution of water to soap will generally remove wine stains from home interior surfaces.

In the kitchen or in a room with neutral walls, [a melamine foam eraser](https://wwwyoutubecom/watch?v=Xh9VPvzYQ98) may draw out any embedded markings. 

Warning

Test any wall cleaner in an inconspicuous place -- for example, behind the refrigerator -- before using it on a major stain.

Things You Will Need

  • Club soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain remover

About the Author

Kat Stromquist received a master's in creative writing from the University of New Orleans. She writes about interior design and lifestyle issues for a variety of print and web outlets.