How to get rid of red wine stains from your sofa?

Who doesn’t enjoy a glass of red wine after a hard day at work? Unfortunately, sometimes disaster strikes, and wine gets spilled on the couch. As bad as it looks, don’t panic. If you follow one of the methods we’ve included in this upholstery cleaning guide, the stain can be removed.

The most important thing is to act quickly before the wine has time to dry up. Below we’ve chosen a few quick methods you can try out at home in order to keep your sofa looking perfect.

Each method requires different ingredients you’ll need in order to successfully get rid of the stain. The cleaning products and tools are items that most people should already have at home. 

Method 1

What you’ll need: 

*white wine, soda, salt/baking soda and a clean clothStep 1: Take the clean cloth and blot the stain so any leftover liquid is soaked up. 

*Important tip: Make sure to apply this to all of the methods. When you’re cleaning the stain with a piece of cloth, try to tap instead of rubbing. That way you’ll avoid potentially rubbing the stain deeper into the fabric of your couch.

Step 2: Pour some white wine on the cloth and dab the stain gently. If you don’t have any white wine around you can do the same with some soda or even milk. Leave the soda to settle in completely. Use a wet cloth to blot and tap the stain.

Step 3: If the stain is persistent and is still visible you might want to pour some salt or baking soda on it. Spread the substance evenly and let it settle and soak up the stain.

Step 4: Remove the salt or baking soda after it has dried up.

In case you don’t have white wine or a soda stored at your place, we’ve prepared a few more methods that include some other basic household items.

Method 2

What you’ll need: baking soda, white wine vinegar and a clean cloth

Step 1: Pour baking soda over the stain and add some vinegar on top. Wait for a few minutes while it soaks in. Don’t worry if it starts bubbling, that just means it’s working!

Step 2: Clean the area with a damp cloth. If you can still see the stain, feel free to repeat the process.

Method 3

What you’ll need: washing up liquid, cold water and a clean cloth

If you don’t have any of the other materials lying around your house, you can also try cleaning the stain with some washing-up liquid. Don’t worry, you might not know this, but even though washing up liquid is usually used to clean plates and pans, it actually does a pretty good job at getting out stains as well.

Step 1: Simply mix the washing liquid with some cold water and apply the mix evenly on the stain. Be careful when using a water based cleaning solution on your fabric. Especially, if you have a natural fabric sofa at home. Make sure to check the labels on the back or on the bottom of the couch to see if a water based cleaning solution can be applied. 

Step 2: Soak up the stained area with your cloth until the liquid is absorbed.

Method 4 

What you’ll need: hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is something you should consider getting if you tend to spill liquids on your upholstery occasionally or if your children are running around the place a lot. Even if you don’t currently have it, it should be easy to find online or in specialised stores for cleaning products. Having it in your home for safekeeping will potentially save you a lot of headaches and pesky stains in the future.

Step 1: Use a clean towel/cloth to absorb as much of the wine stain as possible.

Step 2: Dip a new piece of cloth in hydrogen peroxide. Make sure the cloth is damp but not completely soaked. After that, continue by applying the hydrogen peroxide evenly onto the stain.

Step 3: Let it sit for a few minutes. When you’re ready, clean the spot with some cold water. If the stain is still there, repeat the process. 

Hydrogen peroxide is something you should consider getting if you tend to spill liquids on your upholstery occasionally or if your children are running around the place a lot.

Even if you don’t currently have it, it should be easy to find online or in specialised stores for cleaning products. Having it in your home for safekeeping will potentially save you a lot of headaches and pesky stains in the future.

Unfortunately, sometimes the stain will still be there after all of your attempts to clean it, this might happen because of the material of the couch, the time it took to clean the stain or other reasons. In case you are dealing with stubborn stains, don’t hesitate to contact professional cleaners.

Clean Expert is a professional cleaning company in London that can assist any day of the week. If you are not happy with our results, we are very proud of our money-back policy.

So go ahead and get a quote if you need assistance during the spring cleaning. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your experience with us.

Author

  • George Kosev

    George Kossev is a highly experienced and dedicated carpet cleaning specialist with over 15 years of expertise in providing top-quality carpet care solutions. As the owner of Clean Expert, George has built a reputation for excellence, reliability, and unparalleled customer service in the carpet cleaning industry.