How to remove wine stains from wall


When your wall ends up with red wine stains, it can be undesirable to look at. An accidental splash of red wine on your wall requires immediate cleanup. This is the ideal approach since you can remove the red wine from the wall before it turns into a lasting, stubborn stain with the help of several readily available cleaning materials at home.

How to get red wine off walls

One great way to remove wine stains from the wall is to start drying with a paper towel, to prevent it from spreading. Then use dish soap and a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a few minutes. Take a wet paper towel to wash it off.

Read further to learn about techniques on how to remove wine stains from the wall.

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Useful techniques on how to remove wine stains from wall

Whether you or a guest accidentally splashes red wine on the wall, it is vital to take action right away. Let us now take a look at some of the techniques on how to remove wine stains from the wall.

  1. Start blotting the site right away with paper towels to prevent the wine from spreading down the length of the wall. Remember to only dab and avoid rubbing. Take note that rubbing will drive the wine deeper into the surface of the wall while also allowing the stain to spread. Follow up by dabbing the site with a clean, damp rag to absorb the wine from the wall. In most cases, these simple steps can completely remove all spilled wine from the wall.
  2. If the wine lingers on the wall even after blotting, prepare a solution with hydrogen peroxide and dish soap. Apply this solution to the site of the stain with a clean towel or cloth. Leave it in place for a few minutes before wiping it away. Carefully rinse the hydrogen peroxide from the wall with a moist paper towel and dab the site until dry if the red stain is completely gone. 
  3. Another option is to use a sodium percarbonate cleaner or popularly known as Oxy-bleach. What makes it different from chlorine bleach is that it can get rid of the red wine stain without affecting the color of the surface beneath. Simply immerse a clean towel or cloth in Oxy-bleach in room temperature and push it against the site of the stain for 5 minutes. If the stain is removed after pulling the cloth away, gently rinse with a wet cloth and pat dry. In case there are lingering traces of the stain, press the cloth against the wall for another 5 minutes before rinsing and allowing the surface to dry. An alternative to Oxy-bleach if not available is liquid laundry detergent or a pre-treatment laundry spray.

What are the wine stain removers?

Wine stores usually offer a variety of wine accessories including specially-formulated wine stain cleaning products. These inexpensive, spray-on treatments work by restoring wine-stained walls to their original appearance. The wine stain removers work well on fresh or dry stains in 20 minutes or less. Repeat application if needed.

Last resort 

In case the techniques on removing red wine stains do not work, there is a need to apply a stain-blocking primer over the site of the stain and recoat the area with the original paint. 

In case you decide to repaint the entire wall, it is recommended to choose a high-grade glossy, eggshell or satin acrylic latex paint. These coatings are durable enough to protect the wall under wine and other fluids. 

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How do you get marks off of painted walls?

Red wine stains are difficult to remove from various surfaces, especially on painted walls. An issue of concern arises from the circumstance that red wine functions as a dye and the porous surfaces absorb the wine eagerly. 

If the painted wall has old or large red wine stains, make sure to prime and cover the walls to eliminate the red wine. This is considered as the last option especially if you are dealing with minor or fresh stains. Let us now take a look at the steps on how to get rid of red wine stains on painted walls.

  1. Wipe the site of the red wine stain with a moist sponge. If the stain is still fresh, you can remove the stain at this point.
  2. Apply a small amount of 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on a clean cloth or towel or sponge. Dab onto the site of the stains. Avoid scrubbing since this can cause the stain to spread. 
  3. Prepare a solution by combining 1-part bleach and 4-parts water if there are lingering red wine stains on the wall.
  4. Wash the site of the stain on the painted wall with the bleach and water solution. Thoroughly rinse the site after with fresh water. If the stain lingers, continue to wash the wall with the bleach solution.
  5. Dry the wall with a dry, clean towel or cloth.

Why does red wine stain turn blue?

Red wine gets its color from the grape-skin pigments, specifically anthocyanins which is the same component that stains the hands when handling plums, berries, and cherries.

The anthocyanins function as acid-base indicators which is the same interaction behind the litmus tests. The color of the anthocyanins is based on the pH of what they were exposed to. The acidity turns the anthocyanins red while alkalinity turns to blue. Since wine already contains acid, its anthocyanins are red. Nevertheless, once these anthocyanins are exposed to more alkaline factors especially baking soda, they start to turn blue. 

Will baking soda remove red wine from carpet?

When red wine accidentally spills on the carpet, it results in an undesirable looking stain. One of the cleaning solutions that you can use is no other than baking soda. Let us take a look at the techniques when dealing with red wine stains on the carpet. 

  1. When red wine spills on your carpet, try to blot as much wine as possible and spray hydrogen peroxide on the site following by sprinkling a large amount of baking soda. Make sure that they completely cover the site of the stain and leave it in place for 2-3 minutes. Rinse with water after. 
  2. You can also deal with red wine stains by using white wine together with baking soda. Simply pour a small amount of white wine over the stain and rub a thick layer of baking soda on top.
  3. Leave it in place for a few hours and make sure that the baking soda remains moist by spraying lightly with water. When the stain has been lifted, sponge the site with water and soap to eliminate any leftover traces of the wine and baking soda.

Final thoughts

When your wall ends up with a red wine stain, it is vital to remove it immediately. Depending on which cleaning technique you will use, they can effectively get rid of the stain. Just make to follow the methods on how to remove red wine stains from wall so that you will restore its pristine and clean appearance in no time.

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