Sometimes an accidental white wine or Champagne spill can lead to a fabric stain. While no stain is ideal, white wine stains are fortunately pretty easy to remove thanks to the light color—especially when compared to red wine stains. But as with any stain, it is best to remove it sooner than later. Blot—never rub—with paper towels or a clean white cloth to soak up as much moisture as possible, and whatever you do, never put wine-stained clothing into a dryer as the heat will set the stain, making it hard to remove or creating a permanent spot.
Don't stress! Get ready to learn how you can remove white wine stains from clothing, carpeting, and upholstery.
|Stain type||White wine|
|Water temperature||Varies depending on the type of fabric|
|Cycle type||Varies depending on the type of fabric|
Before You Begin
Check the care label on the item and for either fabric: washable or dry clean only, immediately blot up as much moisture as possible with a clean white cloth or paper towel. Don't use a wet cloth, as this can cause the stain to spread.
For the dry clean only clothing, take the item to the dry cleaner as soon as possible, and point out the stain to the cleaner so they know the area to target. If you choose to use a home dry-cleaning kit, treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
Equipment / Tools
- Paper towels or clean white cloths
- Soft-bristled brush
- Heavy-duty laundry detergent
- Oxygen-based bleach
- Liquid soap
How to Remove White Wine and Champagne Stains From Washable Fabrics
When a stain occurs on washable clothing and other fabrics, immediately 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. The area should then be sponged with a clean cloth dipped in cool water to dilute the stain.
Wash the Garment
Wash the fabric, as soon as possible, using a quality laundry detergent (Tide and Persil are highly rated brand names that contain enough enzymes to remove stains) and the hottest water recommended for the fabric on its care label.
Never use bar soap or soap flakes because they can actually mix in with the pigments in the wine to set in the stain.
Check the Stained Area
Before tossing the clothing into the dryer, check the stained area. If the stain is still there, do not dry the clothing and move to the next step.
Mix a Soaking Solution
Mix a solution of oxygen bleach (brand names include OxiClean, Nellie's All-Natural Oxygen Brightener, and OXO Brite) and tepid water following package directions, and submerge the garment in it. Allow it to soak for at least four hours or overnight. Check the white wine stain, and if it gone, then launder as usual. If the stain remains, repeat the oxygen bleach step.
How to Remove White Wine and Champagne Stains on Carpet and Upholstery
For white wine and champagne spilled on upholstery, use the same cleaning techniques as you would for carpeting. But take extra care not to oversaturate the stained area during the cleaning process. If excess moisture gets into the upholstery cushions, it can cause mold and mildew to grow.
Before cleaning any furniture, always follow the manufacturer's care label on cleaning upholstery. This tag can be found under the sofa cushions or fabric skirt with letter codes that indicate how to clean the furniture. Furthermore, if the upholstery is vintage, silk, or another delicate fabric, blot away the spilled wine as best as you can. Then, consult a professional upholstery cleaner for stain removal tips tailored to your specific situation.
Blot the area immediately with a clean white cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the liquid as possible.
Flush the Stained Area
Flush the stained area as soon as possible with water using a clean sponge or clean white cloth. Do this by blotting the stain with a sponge or white cloth that has been dipped in plain cool water. This will dilute the stain and prevent the sticky sugars in the wine from attracting dirt.
Blot Again to Remove Moisture
Blot the area again with a dry white cloth until you can't remove any more moisture from the carpet fibers.
Air-Dry and Vacuum
- Allow the area to dry completely, but don't put the carpet in direct heat or sunlight, as this can damage the carpet fibers.
- Vacuum the carpet to lift the fibers.
Additional Tips for Handling a White Wine or Champagne Stains
But what if you don't notice that there was a mishap of spilled wine, or you can't treat the carpet stain right away, and it dries? No worries, there is a way to remove the dried stain from the carpet.
- Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid soap and 2 cups warm water.
- Work the mixture into the stained area of the carpet with a clean sponge or soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the area with plain water with another clean sponge or cloth. This is critical, as any soapy mixture left in the carpet can attract dirt.
- Finally, use a dry cloth to blot up as much moisture as possible.
- Allow the carpet to air dry completely before vacuuming to lift the fibers.