3 Ways To Tackle The Red Wine Stains During London Wine Week

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3 Ways To Tackle The Red Wine Stains During London Wine Week

London Wine Week

This week (23-29 May) we’re celebrating the very best in fermented grapes with London Wine Week. Now in its third year, London Wine Week brings unique tasting events, wine tours and pop-up banquets to the capital, with highlights including Blind Tasting, a ‘BYO Banquet’ and a Crash Course in Food and Wine Pairing.

Wristbands only cost £10, and you get access to masterclasses, shows and pop ups around Devonshire Square - and over 100 events in the city are offering wine tasting for £5 to ticket holders. There’s something for all wine lovers, with events taking place all over London.

In celebration of London Wine Week, we’re dishing out some practical advice on what may be considered the most difficult cleaning task of all time - tackling red wine stains!


The DIY method: 

White vinegar and laundry detergent (uk brands) not only neutralises the dark pigments but lifts the stain off.

  • Soak the area in white vinegar, and immediately after applying this, use a liquid detergent like Ariel or Persil
  • Scrub well, then put in the washing machine at 40 degrees

Especially good on light coloured clothes - perfect for BBQ accidents!


The natural method:

Just water and lemon juice - some people say this is the best method to remove red wine stains from fabrics like cotton.

  • Immediately soak the item in cold water (the colder the better) and allow to soak for at least an hour
  • Do not allow to dry, but rub lemon juice into the stain and allow it to soak for another 30 minutes
  • Rub the material until the stain fades. Rinse under cold water. By now, the stain should have nearly gone

The last step is to wash the material in the washing machine (cold water) with regular laundry detergent. The stain should be gone by now, but if not repeat previous steps.


The product method

‘Vanish Oxi-Action’, best for fabrics, clothing items and upholstery that can go in the wash after. Great for the wine stains on your table cloths. Just spray products, let it works its magic for 5 minutes, and blot - never scrub as this will set the pigment into the fabric.

‘Stain Devils’ - best for fabrics, upholstery and carpets. Fast acting stuff!


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