How to Remove Cider, Vinegar, and Wine Stains

Learn how to remove wine stains and other mild acid stains.
Learn how to remove wine stains and other mild acid stains.


They say you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar. But what about cider and wine? Despite the pale color of these fluids, they're all capable of leaving behind nasty laundry stains. Follow these tips to rid your household surfaces of these unsightly spots.

The first step in removing mild acid stains is to identify the stained material.­­­

­Below are the most common types of materials that can become acid-stained, with steps on how to remove mild acid from each:

  • Non-washable fibers such as Acetate, Burlap, Cotton, Fiberglass, Linen, Rayon, Silk or Triacetate
  • Washable fibers such as Acrylic Fabric, Modacrylic, Nylon, Olefin, Polyester or Spandex
  • Hard surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Alabaster, Aluminum, Asphalt, Bamboo, Brass, Bronze, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Chromium, Copper, Cork, Enamel, Glass, Gold, Grout, Iron, Linoleum, Marble, Masonry Tile, Paint (flat or gloss), Pewter, Platinum, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Stainless Steel, Tin, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile, Vinyl Wallcovering or Zinc
  • Stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, Slate or Terrazzo
  • Other surfaces such as Carpet (synthetic or wool), Felt or Wool
  • Leather or Suede
  • Delicate surfaces such as Porcelain Dishes, Porcelain Fixtures or Silver
  • Wood