Removing a Couch Wine Stain

couch wineEnjoying red wine can be like playing with fire when you live in a house with light-colored carpeting and furniture. One wrong move and your sofa cushions could turn into a crime scene—splatters of red, horrified faces, and maybe even some broken glass. Probably not what you expected when you sat down to relax with your glass of wine. Shocking as it may look, if you act fast and use the right tools, that couch wine stain will be gone in no time.

How to Remove a Couch Wine Stain

First, acting very quickly (because every second is precious when you’re dealing with a stain), grab a paper towel or a clean cloth. Don’t rub the towel on the stain because that might press it further into the upholstery. Instead, gently blot the stain so that the wine is absorbed into the towel. Use different parts of the towel as you move over different areas of the stain so that you’re not pressing already-absorbed wine back into the couch.

Once you’ve gotten as much of the stain up as possible, it’s time to grab some tools. Because I’m not sure what you’ve got stashed in your pantry and fridge already, I’m going to give you several options and you’re free to use whatever you have on hand. All of these items will help dilute the wine before it has a chance to set in.

White Wine: Pour a little white wine on a clean paper towel or cloth and continue blotting the stain until the red wine has disappeared.
Club Soda: Pour club soda on a clean paper towel or cloth and continue blotting the couch wine stain until it has been fully removed.
Water: If nothing else, you should at least have some water on hand. Pour some on a clean paper towel or cloth and continue blotting. Water will not be as effective as club soda or white wine.

After you’ve applied one of these options, the stain should be fully removed. If not, try using another of the options (so try club soda if you’ve already applied white wine, and vice versa). If the stain is still there afterward, pour baking soda, salt or talcum powder on the stain and allow it to sit. The powder should soak up the stain and it can be easily scraped off or vacuumed up when you’re finished.

If your couch has removable cushion covers, you could also remove the cushion covers, apply a stain remover, and wash it according to the instructions on the tag (or do a little fabric research online).

Above all, it’s important that you act fast. If you wait a few days or even just an hour or so, the couch wine stain might sink into the fibers of the fabric, dry, and permanently stain the cushion. And if this is a common problem for you, you might consider purchasing cushion slipcovers with a waterproof liner or a new couch that is stain-resistant (like a couch made of leather, vinyl, or woven microfiber).


If all else fails, call a cleaning company experienced in upholstery stains and be sure to do it straightaway. Give The Carpet Cleaner a call if you live in the Culpeper, VA. area. Our cleaning professionals will have your couch clean and spot-free in no time!

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