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How to remove wine stains from the floor: DIY guide

17 May 2024

Ah, wine! A perfect companion for every occasion: from relaxed evenings to festive moments and convivial meetings. It adds a touch of pleasure and relaxation to the evenings, while during the holidays it creates an atmosphere of joy and celebration. In moments of sociality, wine fosters lively conversations and strengthens the bonds between people. Each sip reveals a unique story, transporting us with its flavors and aromas through the lands where it was produced. In short, wine enriches our experiences in countless ways.

But what happens when the wine decides to take a dip on the ground, leaving behind a stubborn stain on the floor? Don’t worry, dear reader! Today I will reveal some infallible tricks to defeat that rebellious liquid and make your floor shine again.


Wine stains are one of the most common problems that can occur in our homes during parties, dinners or simply relaxing moments. No matter how careful you are, a small accident or a spilled glass is enough to end up with a stain of wine on the floor. However, what might seem like a negligible drawback could turn into a nightmare if not dealt with promptly. The pigmented molecules present in wine can quickly penetrate porous materials, such as wood or stone, causing persistent stains and difficult to remove if not treated immediately. Therefore, a timely response is crucial to prevent the stain from becoming permanent and spoiling the appearance of the floor.

Identify the type of floor to be cleaned

Each type of floor reacts differently to the appearance of wine stains and requires a specific approach to the removal. Correctly identifying the floor material is essential to ensure effective treatment and prevent permanent damage. Here’s how to recognize your floor type and understand how to remove stains absorbed from the floor:

  1. Natural Stones (such as marble, granite, travertine): These floors are elegant but can be sensitive to wine stains. If the stone is protected, wine stains may be easier to remove. However, if the floor is unprotected or is porous, the wine may penetrate deeper, making removal more difficult.
  2. Porcelain Tiles: Porcelain tiles is known for its stain resistance, but it is still important to act promptly to prevent staining from drying over the surface.
  3. Wood: Wooden floors can be particularly vulnerable to wine stains, as the liquid can seep into cracks and stain the material.
  4. Linoleum: These floors are generally stain resistant, but it is still advisable to act quickly to avoid staining the surface.

If you are not sure about the type of floor you have in the house, you can run some simple tests to identify it. For example, look at the floor surface: if it is smooth and reflects light, it could be ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. If you notice natural grain, it could be marble or wood. Also, check if the floor is sensitive to water: if it stains easily or if the color changes when exposed to water, it could be wood, concrete, stone or untreated cotto. If you still have doubts, consult a professional for a more accurate assessment. Knowing the type of floor will help you choose the best method on how to remove alcohol stains on the floor without damaging the surface.


Preparation for cleaning

Before you dive into the battle against wine stains on your floor, it is crucial to prepare the ground. Following some preliminary steps can make the difference between an effective cleaning and an unexpected disaster. Here’s what to do before applying any treatment:

1. Absorption of excess liquid: As soon as the wine pours onto the floor, the first thing to do is to act quickly to absorb excess liquid. Take a clean cloth, blotting paper or towel and gently dab the stain. Avoid rubbing vigorously, as you may spread the wine further and make removal more difficult.

2. Testing on a hidden area: Before applying any cleaning method on the visible stain, it is always advisable to test it on a hidden area of the floor. This allows you to check whether the treatment could damage or fade the floor. Choose a discreet corner or a piece of floor under a piece of furniture and apply the product or solution you want to use to remove the stain. Wait a few minutes and see if there are any changes in the surface. If everything seems ok, you are ready to proceed with confidence!

Natural methods for removing wine stains

No one likes to see a wine stain on their beautiful floor, but when it happens, with a little creativity and natural ingredients you probably already have at home, you can say goodbye to those unwanted stains.

  1. Baking Soda: Baking Soda is an absorbent agent that can help eliminate wine stains by absorbing the liquid. It is also effective in neutralizing odors and can be used on a variety of surfaces without damaging them.
  2. White Vinegar: White Vinegar is a powerful natural cleaning agent due to its antibacterial and solvent properties. It can be diluted with water to create an effective solution to remove wine stains from floors. However, it is important to dilute it properly to avoid damaging sensitive surfaces.
  3. Lemon juice: Lemon juice is known for its whitening and disinfecting properties. It can be used to remove wine stains due to its acidity that can dissolve the pigments of the stain. It is particularly effective on hard surfaces such as stones and granites.
  4. Salt: Salt is another absorbent agent that can be used to absorb wine poured on the floor. It is cheap and easily available at home. It can be used alone or in combination with other ingredients such as lemon juice or vinegar.
  5. Carbonated water: Carbonated water contains carbon dioxide that can help lift wine stains from surfaces. It is a gentle and non-aggressive method that can be used on a variety of floors without causing damage.

We encourage you not to apply acidic substances such as vinegar and lemon juice on marbles, polished terrazzo and wooden floors.


Removing wine stains from floors with Marbec

Not always natural remedies are effective to completely remove wine stains from floors. Marbec offers a wide range of professional floor cleaning and maintenance products designed to deal with the most difficult stains without damaging the surfaces. Let’s find out together:

1. SMACCHIO LIQUIDO: An effective and fast ally against stubborn stains, including wine stains. Its concentrated, high-performance formula penetrates deep to remove the most difficult stains, while ensuring maximum safety for the floor surface. This product is distinguished by its ability to dissolve and lift stain molecules without damaging the material. Just apply it on the wine stain, let it act for a few moments and then rub gently with a cloth or sponge. The results will be amazing: the stain will disappear and the floor will shine like new. Versatile and safe, SMACCHIO LIQUIDO is the ideal choice to eliminate wine stains effectively and without stress especially on porcelain tiles, cotto, cement, marble, wood. The important thing is not to apply SMACCHIO LIQUIDO on surfaces such as marble and polished terrazzo.

2.SMACCHIO POLVERE: A high quality product designed to eliminate the most stubborn stains, including wine, and return to the floor its original beauty. This powder formula is ideal for dealing with stains that have infiltrated porous surfaces such as natural stone, cement, cotto or tile joints. Thanks to its ability to penetrate deep, SMACCHIO POLVERE acts directly on the stain for an effective and durable removal. The application is simple: just distribute a small amount of product on the wine stain, mix to form a creamy paste, let it act and dry and proceed to its removal with nylon brush or sorghum and finally rinse with plenty of water. The product can be applied on all types of material. The non-abrasive formula of SMACCHIO POLVERE guarantees a deep cleaning without damaging the underlying surface, making it safe to use on a variety of materials. Reliable and professional, this product is the ideal solution to deal with the most difficult stains in any environment.

By following these tips and using Marbec products, you can protect your floor from future wine stains and keep your home beautiful and cozy for a long time. With a little care and attention, you can enjoy your moments of relaxation and sociability without worrying about damaging the floor!

The products of the article
  • 15.64€

    SMACCHIO LIQUIDO

    For the removal of stains of colored organic origin of: coffee, wine, fruit, blood, urine, tannin, cardboard, flowers, leaves, algae and mold from dirty floors in stone and wood.

  • 10.74€

    SMACCHIO POLVERE

    Stain remover for the removal of colored organic stains Highly effective concentrated powder cleaner for the removal of stains from: coffee, wine, fruit juice, food residues in general, blood, urine and tannin from stone surfaces.

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