Grape juice comes in red, white and purple. And yet, it is inevitably red and purple that end up spilled on your favorite shirt, tablecloth or carpet. Learn how to remove the stains left behind—even from white grape juice. And, if your grape juice has been fermented into wine, you can still follow these tips.
How to Remove Grape Juice Stains From Washable Clothes
When a spill occurs, move as quickly as possible to blot the stain. Use a clean white cloth or paper towel, colored clothes can transfer dye to the fabric and cause even more problems. If you don't have anything else handy, use a piece of white bread.
As soon as possible, flush the stained area from the wrong side of the fabric by holding the stain under a cold water facet even if you can't treat the stain. The longer the stain sits on the fabric, the harder it will be to remove. After flushing with cold water, treat the stained area with a stain remover spray or gel, like Zout or Shout working it into the fabric fibers with your fingers or a soft brush. If you don't have a stain remover, use a bit of heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent (Tide or Persil) to treat the stain. These detergents contain enough enzymes to remove the tannins in the grape juice that cause the stains. Less expensive brands may not work as well.
Allow the stain remover or detergent to work on the fabric for at least fifteen minutes to lift the stains. Now rinse the stain from the wrong side under hot water using the full force of the water's flow to push the stain out of the fabric. Grape juice stains should always be pre-treated before a garment is hand washed or tossed in the washer. If the stain is removed, launder as usual following the guidelines on the care label.
If the stain is still there after washing, make a solution of warm water and oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite). Allow the stained fabric to soak for at least four hours or overnight. If the stain is still visible, rinse and repeat this step. When the stain is gone, launder as usual.
How to Remove Grape Juice Stains From Dry Clean Only Clothes
If the fabric item is label dry clean only, blot up as much of the spilled grape juice as possible. Then, as soon as possible, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you decide 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.
How to Remove Grape Juice Stains From Carpet
Blot, blot, blot as quickly as possible with white paper towels or a clean white cloth. Work from the outside of the spill toward the center to prevent spreading the grape juice and making the stain larger.
Mix a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar. Dip a clean white cloth or paper towel in the solution and working from the outside edges, blot the stain. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the grape juice is transferred to the cloth. Work slowly and methodically in a small area at a time. Keep treating and blotting the stain until no more color remains. Rinse by blotting with a cloth dipped in plain water.
If this does not work, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and water following package directions. Sponge the solution onto the stain and allow it to work for at least an hour before blotting to dry. Repeat until all traces are gone. NOTE: Do not use oxygen bleach on wool carpet. Rinse with a cloth dipped in plain water.
Allow the cleaned carpet to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum to lift fibers.
How to Remove Grape Juice Stains From Upholstery
Use the same cleaning tips and solutions for upholstery as recommended for carpet. Take extra care not to oversaturate the fabric or the stuffing will become too wet. Allow to air dry away from direct heat and sunlight.
If the fabric is silk or vintage, do not attempt to clean it yourself and call a professional instead.