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Removing Red Wine Spots

COIT’s Guide to Removing Wine Stains

Whether you’re settling down after a long day or hosting a dinner party with friends, treating yourself to some wine can help you unwind. 

But when an accidental wine stain appears, it’s natural to tense up and panic. Wine isn’t exactly the subtlest of stains, so it’s important to act fast when you’re tackling white or red wine stain removal. The sooner you discover the wine stain, the better chance you have to get rid of it.

What is Red Wine Made Of?

Red wine is actually made mostly of water. But it certainly includes some other ingredients, as you can probably taste. Here are a few of the other components that make this red grape juice so delicious:

  • Alcohols – ethanol and methanol
  • Sugars – glucose and fructose
  • Acids – malic, citric, and many more
  • Nitrogen compounds – nitrogen, amino acids, and ammonia

Why Does Red Wine Stain?

The color from the skin of the grapes is what leads to the common household wine stain (red and purple/black grapes make red wine). The tannins in the red wine also contribute to its oh so lovely ability to stain our favorite shirts, carpets, and tablecloths.

White wine, on the other hand, comes from yellow, green, or light pink grapes. As a result of its lighter skin color, removing white wine stains isn’t as difficult.

With COIT’s guide to removing wine stains, you can take quick action. COIT offers the following in depth guide to help you do it yourself:


If you’re still battling stubborn red wine stains after trying these home remedies, professional cleaning may be a good option to explore. Check out COIT’s Cleaning Services to learn more about the help we can offer.