How to Remove Fruit Infused Sangria Wine Stains from Couch Cushions

Sangria wine is typically based on red wine and includes fruits of various types. This delicious and refreshing drink is most popular in the summer, though it can be enjoyed at any time of year. However, when a glass of sangria wine spills, it can result in an ugly stain on an item of clothing, a rug, a carpet, or a piece of furniture. Fortunately, if you act quickly enough, you can remove the stain from virtually all cloth and fabric surfaces. Read on for a brief overview of how to remove a sangria wine stain from a couch cushion in your home.

Tools and Materials

  • Dry, clean cloths
  • White wine
  • Club soda or unflavored seltzer water
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Talcum powder

Step 1 -- Blot Up Excess Wine

If you're able to address the spill immediately after it takes place, blot up the excess wine on the couch cushion with a clean cloth. Be careful not to rub the cloth into the cushion at all, as this can result in the wine being worked into the cushion.

Step 2 -- Blot With White Wine

Once you've cleaned up as much of the liquid wine on the surface of the couch cushion as possible, dab another clean and dry cloth with a small amount of white wine. Continue to blot the spot on the cushion where the red wine spilled. Refresh the clean cloth with another dab of white wine periodically.

Step 3 -- Treat the Stain With Club Soda

After you've dabbed at the stain with the white wine rag, take another look at the stain on the cushion to determine if the stain is still visible. If it is, you should take a small amount of club soda and pour it onto a third clean cloth. Use this cloth to continue to dab and blot at the red wine stain on the couch cushion.

Step 4 -- Treat With Dry Ingredients

Mix baking soda, salt, and talcum powder together in equal proportions. If the stain still exists after you've attempted to blot it with both white wine and club soda or seltzer water, pour the mixture of these three dry ingredients onto the spot of the couch cushion with the stain on it. Allow the dry ingredients to sit on the surface of the cushion for about 20 minutes, then clean them up with another clean cloth. Examine the cushion for signs of stain. If the stain is eliminated or sufficiently reduced in color, wash off the remaining dry ingredients with lukewarm water.

If, on the other hand, the stain is still present, repeat the procedure with the club soda and then the dry ingredients. If you continue to have difficulties with the stain, or if the stain has already had time to set into the cushion, remove the cushion from the cover and take the cover in to a dry cleaner for additional stain treatment work as well.