How to Remove Wine Stains from Fabric Chairs

Written by corey m. mackenzie
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How to Remove Wine Stains from Fabric Chairs
Wine stains can be cleaned up. (low view of a wine glass with wine and grapes and napkin image by David Smith from

Wine stains may seem serious, especially on nice fabric chairs, but these stains really do not have to cause you a lot of worry. If you noticed the spill when it happened, you are lucky indeed. However, even if you didn't notice the spill quickly, you can remove these stains with just a few simple items.

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Club soda
  • Soft cloths
  • Detergent
  • Sponge
  • Salt

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    Using Club Soda

  1. 1

    Blot the stained area with dry paper towels to remove much of the moisture, if the stain is still wet.

  2. 2

    Pour club soda or tonic water over the stain.

  3. 3

    Blot the stain with clean cloths. Don't rub the stain or you may spread the colour around. Simply press down with the cloths to blot the stain. Keep pressing clean cloths on the stain until the wine is removed from the chair fabric. If you press a cloth to the stain and no more colour is lifted, yet you see more colour remaining on the chair, add more club soda.

  4. 4

    Clean the area with washing powder and water. Just dampen a sponge in cold water, add a drop of washing powder and wipe the fabric. Now start blotting again with clean cloths. Follow with a sponge or cloth, dampened in clean water, to rinse off the detergent.

    Using Table Salt

  1. 1

    Sprinkle salt over a wet wine stain. You can just use regular table salt, according to Make sure to cover the stain completely with the salt.

  2. 2

    Leave the salt on the stain overnight. It will absorb the wine.

  3. 3

    Use your vacuum to remove the salt from the chair. If any stain remains, recommends rubbing it with a cloth dampened with club soda, reapplying the salt and leaving it until dry (and then vacuum it up).

Tips and warnings

  • also suggests using 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide to remove these stains--be aware, however, that this may fade coloured fabrics as hydrogen peroxide has a mild bleaching effect.
  • warns that you should never use hot water on wine stains. Hot water will set the stain.

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