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How to Remove a Red Wine Stain from a Tablecloth

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Whether your home is full of manic little wanderers or the meeting spot for late-night dining pleasures, we know all too well that accidents and subsequently - stains - happen. From crayon wax to the last drop of Merlot and all of life’s joys in between, our table covers face an unrivaled set of spilling hazards. 

At Wipe Away Tablecloths, we’re undoubtedly big fans of wipeable tablecloths and whilst our range of tablecloths help to significantly reduce the risk of stains forming, no tablecloth - PVC, Oilcloth or Arcylic - is completely stain proof. 

So whether your cloth wipes clean or not, if you’ve noticed a stain and it’s too late to wipe clean - stay calm - we’ll walk you through all the steps needed to remove the unwanted blemish.

A quick note...

First things first, you should know that catching a stain early can make the removal process much easier and quicker. If you are using one our wipe clean tablecloths, you may even be able to still wipe the area clean with a damp cloth. 

If you’re noticing the stain much later after the fact you’ll ideally want to soak the stained tablecloth overnight in a stain removing solution such as Vanish Oxi Action Stain Remover.

If you’ve caught the stain a little earlier or don’t have time to soak overnight, here are some effective ways to beat tough stains.

1. Removing Red Wine Stains with Boiling Water

Can also be used for:

  • Tomato Sauce Stains
  • Curry Stains
  • Other sauces (Soy sauce, BBQ, etc)

Step 1. To remove red wine stains from your tablecloth, simply boil a kettle of water and gently stretch the affected tablecloth area over a large bowl. 

Step 2. Next, carefully pour the boiling water over the tablecloth and into the bowl. You should see the stain begin to fade but continue the process as necessary until completely removed.

2. Removing Red Wine Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide

If the stain is still visible after performing the boiling water technique several times, you may want to try applying hydrogen peroxide and detergent solution to remove the stain.

Step 1.  Mix equal amounts of dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide.

Step 2. Pour the mixture over the stained area and allow it to soak in. The stain should start to fade shortly after you have applied the mix.

Step 3. Once the stain has faded, rinse clean with cold water.

Step 4. If your tablecloth is machine washable you may launder on a low-temperature setting. 

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NOTE: Take extra caution when applying hydrogen peroxide. This typically works best of lighter fabrics as it has a tendency to bleach if too much is applied.

3. Removing Red Wine Stains with Vinegar or Baking Soda

If you’ve tried the above techniques with no luck or do not have the right supplies at hand you can choose to use white vinegar or baking soda on the stained area. 

Using Vinegar

Step 1. If you’ve got white vinegar on hand, simply mix equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl or spray bottle if you have one.

Step 2. Spray or submerge the stain with the mixture and carefully massage the affected area - repeat as necessary. Remember to rinse the tablecloth with water once removed.

Using Baking Soda

Step 1. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge or cloth. 

Step 2. Gently massage the stain with the cloth and rinse with cold water. You may wish to repeat this process several times to completely remove the stain. 


Tada! Enjoy your next bottle with the peace of mind knowing that no stain is too difficult to remove.

Philippa Walker

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