How to remove wine stains from silk

Written by kimbry parker | 13/05/2017
How to remove wine stains from silk
Remove wine stains from silk promptly to preserve the fabric. (Jendrik Wuttke/iStock/Getty Images)

Silk is a delicate material that can be used for clothing, table dressings and bedding. A wine stain on silk can be terrifying, especially given the delicacy of the fabric. Removing wine stains from silk should be done very careful and only using appropriate products and techniques. Remove wine stains on silk successfully without ruining the fabric.

Blot as much of the wine from the silk as possible. Use a dry rag to soak up the wine. Dab the rag onto the wine stain, switching to clean parts of the rag as one part becomes soiled. Follow up by blotting with a rag dampened in cool water. Continue blotting until no more wine transfers to the rag.

Pour 1 litre (1 quart) of water into a pan. Place the pan on the hob and bring the water to a boil. Adjust the amount of water needed depending on the size of the wine stain.

Remove the pan from the heat as soon as it comes to a boil. Saturate the wine stained area of the fabric in the pan of hot water. Use a pair of tongs to make sure that the wine stain is completely saturated in the water.

Remove the fabric promptly after saturating it with the hot water. Place the fabric on a clean, dry towel.

Sprinkle 30 ml (2 tbsp) of table salt on to the wine stain. Adjust the amount of salt depending on the size of the stain. Make sure the salt completely covers the stain.

Rub the salt into the stain using your fingers. Use some force to work the salt into the fabric to remove the stain.

Continue rubbing until the stain is gone. Rinse the fabric in cool water.

Hand wash the silk item. Fill a sink or tub with lukewarm water. Add 60 ml (2 fl oz) of oxygen bleach and a few squirts of baby shampoo to the water.

Place the silk fabric into the tub. Swish around the fabric lightly with your hands for a minute or two. Work the soapy water into the stained area of the fabric to remove any residue.

Rinse the fabric under the tap with lukewarm water. Place the silk fabric in a clean, dry towel. Roll the towel up to remove excess water from the silk.

Hang or lay the silk flat to dry. Do not place silk in the tumble dryer.

Repeat this process, if necessary, to remove any remaining wine from the silk.


Do not twist or wring silk to remove the excess water.

Do not use harsh cleaning products or detergents. Avoid using chlorine bleach.

Do not dry silk in direct sunlight.

Things you need

  • Rags
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Tongs
  • Dry towels
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) table salt
  • Sink or washtub
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) oxygen bleach
  • Baby shampoo

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