How to Get Red Wine Stains Off Granite

Removing a red wine stain from any surface is a nightmare, but even worse when it’s a granite countertop that you need to clean. If you spilled red wine on fabric, like a table cloth or blouse, and no magic formula or amount of scrubbing has removed it, you can always replace it. Sure, it’s not ideal, but at least it’s quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive.  Granite, on the other hand, isn’t that simple to replace.  If your dreaded fear happened, and you’re dealing with a red wine stain on a granite surface, keep calm and do the following. 

What removes red wine from granite?

The good news is that most of the items you’ll need to do the job are probably located within your home already. To remove red wine stains off granite, you’ll need the following items:
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Water
You’ll also need the following at hand:
  • A small bowl
  • Plastic wrap
  • A soft rag
  • A clean cloth

How to remove a red wine stain

Step 1: Add baking soda to a bowl

Add approximately two tablespoons of baking soda into a small bowl (it can be glass or plastic). If you prefer to measure, this is about 15 ml. For bigger red wine stains, you might have to add more baking soda to your bowl. 

Step 2: Add hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic that can be found at your local pharmacy.  Add one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide to the same bowl containing the baking soda. If you prefer to measure, one teaspoon converts to about 5 ml.  Once again, if you’re dealing with a large stain, you’ll want to add more hydrogen peroxide to the bowl, by using the same formula. In other words, for every two tablespoons of baking soda (30 ml), you’ll need to add one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide (15 ml). 

Step 3: Mix it to form a paste

After you’ve added the baking powder and hydrogen peroxide to the bowl, carefully mix the two until it forms a paste.

Step 4: Apply the mixture to the stain

Apply the mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain by spreading it across the surface. Be generous: you want to create a thick layer. 

Step 5: Cover it with plastic wrap and leave it 

Cover the stain with the paste on top with plastic wrap (be sure to let the plastic wrap extend a few centimeters to create a border) and let it sit like that for 24 hours. 

Step 5: Clean with water and dishwashing soap

After letting it sit for a day, remove the plastic wrap and clean the mixture with a soft cloth soaked in soapy water . When you’ve removed most of it, use a clean cloth to wipe clean any remaining paste or use MB Stone Care MB5 Stone & More to wipe it over for a streak free surface. 

Alternative solutions for cleaning red wine stains

You might also have some luck with using a solution of water and mild dishwashing soap. Alternatively, you can also try commercial granite cleaners designed specifically for this purpose. There are a number of cleaners that have been formulated for natural stone specifically and that are simple to use such as MB Stone Care MB5 Stone & More. Also, keep in mind that whatever you use should be safe to use on food surfaces which MB5 is.   

To seal or not to seal?

As granite tops all have different absorbency rates and porosity, not all of them need to be sealed. That said, a general rule is that lighter colours are more in need of a sealant.  The best way to find out if your granite top needs to be sealed is to put a little water on it. Wait for a few minutes and, if the colour changes, it may need to be sealed.

Leave your granite worries to Granite Warehouse 

Granite can add quality, design, and even resale value to your property. Considering that it is an investment in your home, you’ll want to keep these cleaning tips and hacks at hand to ensure that you still have many years of good use.  Whether you prefer something light or you’re keen on trying a dark tone, the team at Granite Warehouse can help you to select the best type of stone for your business or home. We’re the biggest granite, marble, and stone showroom in Perth. Boasting more than 200 types in stock, we can supply quickly, making us a great choice for urgent projects.  That said, quantity is never at the expense of quality. We select only the best raw materials. In addition to quality materials, we also bring decades of experience to the table. Our team has more than 25 years of experience specifically working with granite, and four decades’ experience working in the building industry. If you’re settled on going with granite for your home or business, the Granite Warehouse team is ready to help! Visit our clean, well-lit Malaga showroom or reach out to us on 08 9209 2620 with any questions you might have.