How to Remove Champagne and White Wine Stains

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White wine and Champagne compliment many foods, and champagne is almost a requirement at celebrations. Unfortunately, the wines can often end up on your favorite dress or shirt. While no stain is a good thing, the best thing about a white wine stain is that it is much easier to remove than a red wine stain!

Washable Fabrics

Champagne and white wine stains are fairly simple to remove from washable clothes. The wine is, of course, made from white grapes that leave a tannin stain. The tannin in white grapes—a plant component that often shows as a color in the final product—is very low and the color is slight.

When a white wine or champagne stain happens, use a clean white cloth or paper towel to blot away as much moisture as possible. If you don't have a cloth available, use a slice of white bread to soak up the wine. For washable fabrics, the stain should then be sponged with a cloth dipped in cool, plain water to dilute the stain.

As soon as possible, wash the garment or linens using a good laundry detergent (Tide or Persil are highly rated brand names that contain enough enzymes to remove stains) using the hottest water recommended for the fabric on the care label. Never use natural soap in a bar or soap flakes because the soap can make tannin stains more difficult to remove.

If the wine stain is older and has turned a darker brown due to the sugars in the wine, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) and tepid water following package directions and submerge the garment. Allow it to soak at least four hours or overnight and then launder as usual.

Dry Clean Only Clothes

If the garment is labeled as dry clean only, immediately blot up as much moisture as possible. Try not to make the stain any larger by over wetting the area. As soon as possible head to the dry cleaner and point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner.

If you choose to use a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

Carpet Stains

When a white wine spill happens, blot immediately with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. The next step is to flood the stained area with water by dipping a clean sponge or cloth in plain water. This will dilute the sugars in the wine that can attract more soil. Blot the area with a dry white cloth until no more moisture is transferred from the carpet fibers. Allow the area to dry away from direct heat. Vacuum to lift carpet fibers.

If you can not treat the stain right away and it dries, mix a solution of one tablespoon of liquid hand washing dish detergent and two cups warm water. Work the mixture into the stained area of the carpet with a sponge or soft-bristled brush. Blot with a dry cloth to remove the moisture.

It is important to rinse the area with plain water to remove the soap. Any soapy mixture left in the carpet fibers will actually attract more soil. Allow the area to air dry and then vacuum.


For white wine and champagne spilled on upholstery, use the same cleaning techniques and cleaning solutions recommended for carpet can be used to clean the stain. Take extra precautions not to overwet the stained area because excess moisture in the upholstery cushions can cause mold and mildew to grow.

If the upholstery is vintage or silk, blot away the spilled wine and then consult a professional upholstery cleaner especially if you need more stain removal tips.