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How to clean red wine stains from a white tablecloth

Updated February 21, 2017

Red wine spills can happen easily any time you serve wine. Whether the wine spills on a white shirt or white tablecloth, quick action means you can easily remove these stains. It is best to clean right when the spill happens, but if this is not possible, you can still remove red wines stains that have been sitting a while on the tablecloth -- cleaning, in this case, may simply take a little longer.

Pour club soda on white paper towels. Blot the wine stain with the paper towels, turning the towels over or getting new ones frequently as they become coloured with the red wine.

According to Professors House, you may alternatively use white wine, if club soda is unavailable.

Pour table salt over the remaining stained area, covering it completely. Leave the salt on the tablecloth overnight to absorb red wine from the tablecloth fabric.

Rinse the salt from the tablecloth under cool water. Place the tablecloth in your washing machine. No stain should be remaining at this point, but if any trace of stain does remain, spray it with a commercial stain-treating spray before washing.

Wash the tablecloth in your washing machine, using warm water and detergent.

Remove the tablecloth from the washing machine. Hang it to dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Club soda
  • White paper towels
  • White wine
  • Salt
  • Stain-treatment spray
  • Detergent
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