How to Remove a Red Wine Stain from a Wood Floor

Red red wine. Stay close to me. Don’t fall on my hardwood floor. Oops. We all make mistakes, but the mistake of spilling a glass of red wine leaves a very visible mark on a wood floor, which can stain if not treated quickly. The sooner you can remove the stain, the better. Here are some tips for removing a red wine stain from a wood floor.


  1. Blot up the wine using a wet paper towel, taking care not to rub it into the wood.
  2. Pour undiluted bleach on the stain and let it sit for 45 minutes. Though this may take off the surface coat of finish, it may remove the stain. Wear gloves when working with bleach.
  3. If bleach doesn’t work, try oil soap. Mix it with hot water according to the directions on the package, and then use a soft cloth to scrub the mixture into the wood.
  4. Should neither of these methods work, a soda paste made from baking soda, and either mineral, lemon, or linseed oil may work. Form a paste and then use a soft cloth to rub it into the stain in the direction of the grain. Leave it for 30 minutes, and then remove it with a dry, clean cloth.


You may have heard that you can use rottenstone or pumice stone to remove a red wine stain from a wood floor. Though this may work, both of these substances are very abrasive and should only be used as a last resort, if at all. They have the potential to do significant damage to your wood floor. If the steps listed above don’t work, the best bet is to contact a wood floor professional before resorting to an abrasive.


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