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.
Here's how to remove white wine stains from clothing, carpeting, and upholstery.
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.
As soon as possible, wash the fabric 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 with the pigments in the wine to set in the stain.
If the wine stain is old, 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, and then launder as usual.
Dry Clean-Only Fabrics
If the fabric is labeled as 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.
Then, take the fabric 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.
When a white wine spill happens on carpeting, blot the area immediately with a clean white cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Next, flood the stained area with water using a clean sponge or cloth. This will dilute the stain and prevent the sticky sugars in the wine from attracting dirt. Then, blot the area with a dry white cloth until you can't remove any more moisture from the carpet fibers. Allow the area to dry completely, but don't put the carpet in direct heat or sunlight, as this can damage the carpet fibers. Once the carpet is dry, vacuum it to lift the fibers.
If you can't treat the carpet stain right away and it dries, 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. Then, use another clean sponge or cloth to rinse the area with plain water. This is critical, as any of the 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.
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.
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.