If the stain remains
- Place a clean towel underneath the stain.
- Saturate a towel with household vinegar and gently blot the stain.
- Occasionally remove and refold the cushioning towel so that a clean area comes in contact with the linen.
- Keep blotting and repositioning until the stain is completely removed or no more color is transferred.
- Rinse under cool running water.
Certain linens, such as silk, hold red wine stains. They often require a stronger cleaner in order to thoroughly remove the stain.
If the red wine stain persists after treatment with dishwashing liquid and vinegar then:
- Mix together equal parts 3-percent hydrogen peroxide with dishwashing liquid.
- Gently blot on the stain using the same method as the vinegar treatment.
- After the stain is removed, rinse thoroughly with running water and launder using the recommended care for the fabric.
Table linens are not required to have care labels, so determining the proper care technique based on the fabric often falls on the owner. Use the mildest care possible in order to prevent unnecessary wear to the fabric. Quickly taking the steps to remove red wine stains from linen with cold water and mild detergent usually removes any staining. The key is to act quickly, and then you can forget the stain ever existed.