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Quick Tips For Cleaning Red Wine

December 22, 2021 by Antone Boustani

It’s one thing to not cry over spilled milk, but it’s an entirely different scenario to hold back tears when a full glass of red wine leaves its mark on your white carpet! What can you do to remove red wine stains from your carpet, area rugs or clothing?

The First Response
Take a clean cloth and dab the spill in an effort to get the excess wine up and out of the carpet or clothing fibres ASAP. Once you have the majority of the spill blotted up, next you can tackle the stains with a variety of wine stain weapons. For starters you can take your favourite carpet shampoo or clothing stain remover, and clean as you would if the wine stain were a bit of dirt on the carpet or clothing. Or you can go for a less conventional, but often times more successful approach and try one of these tried and true wine stain solutions.

A Host of Tried and True Stain Removers
Depending on what you have on hand, you can “MacGyver” a wine stain removal solution based on what you have available. An arsenal of everyday red wine stain removers include: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, soda ash, vinegar, club soda, salt, white wine, Scotchgard’s Oxy Carpet Cleaner and a must-have product called “Wine Away.”

Keep almost any kind of fabric looking like new with a few simple steps. Scotchgard

•    1. Prepare
Protect surrounding non-fabric materials from overspray. If overspray occurs, quickly wipe up.
•    2. Shake
Shake can well.
•    3. Test
Test for colourfastness. Spray hidden area until wet and wipe vigorously with a white absorbent cloth. If colour rubs off, DO NOT USE.
•    4. Spray
Hold can upright 15cm from fabric surface. Overlap spray using a slow, sweeping motion. Two light coats are better than one heavy coating.
•    5. Dry
Allow to dry between coats.
•    6. Reapply
Reapply after every cleaning or annually to maintain protection. Durability of protection varies with weather conditions 

Wine Away – Available online

•    Works on fresh and dried stains without the use of bleach or phosphates
•    Featured in: Good Housekeeping, Food & Wine, Today Show, Rachael Ray, Washington Post, Architectural Digest, InStyle and many other nationally recognized magazines
•    ALSO EFFECTIVE ON: coffee, blood, ink, fruit punch, sauces, red medicine stains, and even pet accidents
•    Has a fresh citrus scent.
•    Selected by Disney to be part of their Food & Wine Festival
•    Wine Away has received more media endorsements than any other red wine stain remover on the market.
•    FOR USE ON HARD SURFACES TOO - removes latex paint, graffiti, and degreases surfaces.
•    Included Components: Wine Away Red Wine Stain Remover,12-Ounces

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
When red wine hits a white shirt, table cloth or light coloured carpet, try to blot up as much of the wine as possible and then spray hydrogen peroxide on the stain, followed by a hefty sprinkle of baking soda. Make sure that the peroxide and soda fully cover the stained area and let it sit for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse with water and if it’s a shirt or table cloth pop it in the laundry as usual. This method and the product, “Wine Away” are my silver bullets for quickly and completely removing red wine stains.

White Wine for Red Wine Stains
When red wine is spilled onto your carpet or clothes, white wine can be your true companion. White wine will help neutralise red wine and will make it easier to lift the colour off of your carpet or clothing. Simply pour white wine over the stained area and very gently blot the liquid up with a thick towel (be very careful not to rub as this will force the stain into the carpet or clothing fibres). If the stain is still visible, you can add salt or soda to continue lifting out pigment.

Soda Water and Wine Stains
Soda Water can be poured on the stain and the carbonation will help to lift the stain from the carpet fibres while the salt acts as a buffer to keep the stain from setting.

Vinegar and Soap or Soda
Vinegar does a nice job of neutralising the purple pigments and can be combined with the stain-fighting force of either soap or soda. I apply laundry soap or washing soda directly over the vinegar and give it a few minutes to soak in, then rinse and wash.

Oxy Carpet Cleaner
Scotchgard’s Oxy Carpet Cleaner works well to lift stains and provide a stain protector to the area of the carpet it was used to clean. It is available at places like Target, Kmart or your local supermarket.

Salt for Wine Stains – Who Knew?
Salt can be poured on the spill to keep the wine from setting until you figure out which method of clean up you would like to go with.

Wine Away – Stain Remover
Wine Away has been tested and recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute and is even endorsed by Gourmet magazine. It is truly a wine world wonder that every red wine lover should have stowed in their cleaning cabinet. I even keep their travel size in my suitcase, just in case.

There are several solid methods for removing red wine stains that have worked well in a pinch, see which one works well for you. Just remember, whatever you do, don’t let the spill sit for long before taking action, the longer it sits the more difficult it will be to lift the stain from your carpet or clothing.

Professional Cleaning Service
Don’t have time to allocate to cleaning. Have pain in the knees and crouching is difficult. Leave the job to someone who does it all the time. Do a Google search on “Professional cleaning services near me” and you will find options that are close to where you live. Get some quotes and choose the best option that addresses your needs.

 Keep the opportunities of spillage to a minimum. Keeping wine at home usually means we are keeping it in a dark dry place. These spaces are usually a cupboard or an unused shelf in the Kitchen. They are usually tight spots and access is not easy. Some spills occur when the bottle is accidentally dropped. If you like your wine consider wine storage. It doesn’t matter if it's red wine storage or white wine storage, keeping it in purpose built wine storage units is the best way to store your wine. Wine bottle storage come in different sizes, so if you are the every day drinker, collector or investor in wine, you can choose a space that best suits your needs. Wine storage options are measured by cases (12 Bottles) and come as small as an 8 wine case space and go upwards of a 600 wine case space.

If storing at home is the only option then storing bottles of wine in a specific wine box is the best way to go. Having the same box is also important if you have a lot of wine. Nothing worse than trying to stack different sized boxes on or beside each other. Kennards Self Storage wine boxes hold 12 bottles of wine and have inserts that keep the bottles from touching. These boxes can be purchased at Kennards Self Storage locations or can be purchased online at the Kennards Self Storage website

Storing wine is a passion of Kennards Self Storage. Kennards Storage has purpose built wine storage cabinets in temperature controlled environment that is accessible 24 hours a day. Wine Storage can be easy to organise. Self storage is great because you get your own space and there are no lock in contracts meaning you only pay for the days used. The quoted amount is for a one month period. Pay for that period and then get a refund for the days not used if you move out before months end. This pro-rata amount is calculated to the day you finish.

Kennards moving boxes range includes the wine storage box which carries 12 Bottles of wine and fits the wine storage cabinet perfectly.

Log on to and you will find a very easy to use Website.

You will find Kennards Wine Storage and be able to view prices and sizes. You can then reserve or rent a space at a location near you with in a couple of clicks. From there you can then purchase wine storage boxes and get them delivered to your home or office. Pack your wine and then bring them to your storage space. 

If you purchase wine online, get them delivered to your Kennards Storage facility and we will accept the delivery on your behalf and then contact you so that you can pick them up or put them away in your cellar. No more wine sitting at your front door waiting for you to come home.

Kennards Self storage has decades of experience in providing storage solutions to the casual drinker, the wine collector and businesses like wine importers and restaurants.

Kennards Self Storage – Creating the Space for Change

Antone Boustani

Antone joined the Kennards Self Storage in 2012 as a Team Support Manager. Progressing to the roles of NSW Rostering Co-ordinator and Waterloo Centre manager led to the position of NSW Operations Manager in 2019. Antone has gained leadership skills at previous roles as a Manager at KFC and Decorug and did run his own business a Deli / Fruit shop called Naremburn Natural. He loves that we are the people that care and how that is achieved through procedures that enable our teams to offer great customer service. He is invested in improving himself and the team around him and believes that doing what you love is the key. Outside work Antone loves travelling overseas as much as getting on the open road and you can find him watching any type of sport but especially cricket.

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