How to Remove Rose and Red Wine Stains

If you act quickly, this won't be a permanent disaster.
If you act quickly, this won't be a permanent disaster.
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R­oses and red wine set the mood for a romantic evening. They can do great things for your love life, but they are no friends of household surfaces and laudry stains.

Unfortunately, nothing can kill the mood faster than an unsightly red stain. Follow t­hese tips to stop unsightly stains in their tracks and keep your sweetheart from seeing red.

These spot removal techniques have explained how to get rose and red wine stains out of everything from bamboo to burlap. Still wondering how to remove these spots from foam rubber? Keep reading.

Below are common fabrics and surfaces that can be stained with red wine. After you identify the material you've stained, you can follow these tips to get the stain out:

Non-washable Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Acetate, Fiberglass, Rayon or Triacetate:

  • Blot up the excess with a clean cloth.
  • Sponge any remaining stain with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of white vinegar.
  • Cover with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter. Let it remain as long as any stain is being removed.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep the stain and pad moist with wet spotter and vinegar.
  • Flush with water.
  • Repeat until no more stain is removed.

Synthetic Fabrics

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from synthetic fabrics like Acrylic Fabric, Modacrylic, Nylon Olefin, Polyester and Spandex:

  • Be sure to remove the sugar residue or it will cause a permanent stain.
  • Blot up the excess liquid and presoak (the method of soaking a stained article in warm water before laundering it) the stain in a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon vinegar for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with water and sponge with rubbing alcohol.
  • Launder as soon as possible.

Household Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from household surfaces such as Acrylic Plastic, Aluminum, Asphalt, Bamboo, Brass, Bronze, Cane, Ceramic Glass/Tile, Copper, Cork, Enamel, Glass, Gold, Grout, Iron, Ivory Jade, Linoleum, Paint (flat or gloss), Pewter, Plexiglas, Polyurethane, Stainless Steel, Tin, Vinyl Clothing, Vinyl Tile, Vinyl Wallcovering and Zinc:

  • Blot up any excess spill.
  • Wipe the surface with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.

Alabaster and Marble

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Alabaster and Marble:

  • Blot up the excess.
  • Wipe the surface with a cloth dipped in a solution of washing soda or detergent (not soap) and water.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.
  • If a stain remains, mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  • Soak a white blotter with the solution and place it over the stain.
  • Weigh it down with a heavy object.
  • Continue applying the solution until the stain has been bleached out.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.

Stone Surfaces

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from stone surfaces such as Bluestone, Brick, Concrete, Flagstone, Granite, Limestone Masonry Tile, Slate andTerrazzo:

  • Mix a solution of washing soda or detergent and warm water.
  • Gently brush (the method of using a stiff-bristled brush to sweep staining material up onto a piece of paper) stain away with cloth or soft-bristled brush dipped in the solution.
  • Rinse with clear water and allow to dry.

Burlap, Silk and Wool

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Burlap, Silk and Wool:

  • Be sure to remove the sugar residue or it will cause a permanent stain.
  • Blot up the excess wine.
  • Sponge the stain with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of white vinegar.
  • Cover with an absorbent pad dampened with wet spotter and let it stand as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up the stain.
  • Keep the pad and stain moist with wet spotter and vinegar.
  • Flush with water and repeat until no more stain is being lifted.

If any stain does remain:

  • Sponge with rubbing alcohol and cover with an absorbent pad dampened with alcohol.
  • Let it remain as long as any stain is being lifted.
  • Change the pad as it picks up the stain and keep both the stain and pad moist with alcohol.
  • Flush thoroughly with water.

For stubborn or old stains:

  • Try moistening the area with a solution of 1 teaspoon liquid laundry detergent safe for silk or wool and 1 cup warm water.
  • Cover with an absorbent pad dipped in the solution and wrung nearly dry.
  • Let it stand for 30 minutes, adding enough solution to keep the area warm and barely moist.
  • When stain is removed, flush thoroughly with water and allow to dry.

Carpet and Foam Rubber

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Carpet (synthetic or wool) and Foam Rubber:

  • Be sure to remove the sugar residue or it will cause a permanent stain.
  • Blot up what you can with an absorbent pad.
  • Apply a carpet stain remover. Or, flush the stain on area rugs or sponge carpeting with a solution of 1 quart warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar.
  • Blot with a clean pad, rinse well with water and blot up all the excess liquid with an absorbent pad.
  • Weigh down with a heavy object. When no more liquid is absorbed, allow to thoroughly air dry.

Cotton and Linen

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Cotton and Linen:

  • Blot up the excess.
  • Pretreat (the method of applying a stain-removing agent directly to the stained area) with a laundry stain remover and launder.

If that is not possible:

  • Presoak the stain in a solution of 1 quart warm water and 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse well with water and sponge area with rubbing alcohol.
  • Rinse again with water and allow to dry.

Felt and Fur

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Felt and Fur (natural or synthetic):

  • Blot up the excess stain.
  • Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
  • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply.
  • Rinse with a cloth dampened with clear water.
  • Allow to air dry thoroughly.

Leather and Suede

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Leather and Suede:

  • Blot up excess wine.
  • Mix a solution of mild soap in lukewarm water.
  • Swish to create a great volume of suds.
  • Apply only the foam with a sponge.
  • Rinse well with a clean damp cloth and wipe dry.
  • For leather only, condition with a leather cleaner or saddle soap.

Porcelain

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Porcelain Dishes and Porcelain Fixtures:

  • Wash the stain with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
  • To remove any old or set stains in the bottom of dishes, dip a soft damp cloth into a little baking soda and wipe away any remaining residue.
  • Rinse well and wipe dry.

Silver

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Silver:

  • Wash silver in hot soapy water.
  • Rinse in hot water.
  • Wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Wood

Follow these steps to remove rose and red wine stains from Wood:

  • Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds.
  • Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stain.
  • Rinse well with a clean cloth dampened with cool water.
  • Polish or wax as soon as possible.