How to Clean Wine Stains When You Inevitably Spill on Drink Wine Day


Women outside drinking wine walking towards a lounge chair upholstered in white Sunbrella fabric and an orange Sunbrella fabric pillow,

Sunbrella fabrics create comfortable seating for your family and friends to enjoy wine together.

There’s a national day for just about everything, but some are more fun to celebrate than others. Who could blame you for wanting to say “Cheers!” on February 18, also known as National Drink Wine Day? While you might spend time thinking about whether to break out a special vintage or deciding to go with red, white or sparkling, if your home is outfitted with Sunbrella upholstery and pillows, you won’t need to spend any time worrying about spilling wine. 

Sunbrella performance fabrics are made to look great over time, with built-in stain resistance, durability and cleanability. So go ahead, let your best wine-loving friends and family members cozy up on your sofas and chairs with their favorite glass of Cabernet or Merlot, knowing that the drops, spills and splashes are a snap to clean. Use our easy “how to clean wine stains” tips, and you’ll keep your Sunbrella fabrics in top condition.

Living room with Sunbrella upholstered sofa in white and a table with a bottle of wine.

Sunbrella fabrics are easy to clean and the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine.

Tips for How to Clean Wine Stains 

Spilling wine (even red wine!) is no threat to light, white or cream-colored fabric furniture, as long as they’re covered in Sunbrella performance fabrics (admit it: you were googling “clean red wine stain” before you sent out the invitations, weren’t you?). By following these easy tips, you can prevent damage to your upholstery and keep your fabrics looking pristine. Here are some best practices for cleaning your Sunbrella performance fabrics. 

  1. Blot up the spill.
  2. Mix up a solution of mild soap and clean water and spray on the wine spill. 
  3. Use a soft  brush or cloth to gently work in the soap and water solution into the Sunbrella fabric for a thorough cleaning. 
  4. Let the soapy water thoroughly saturate the fabric. 
  5. Use clean water to rinse your Sunbrella fabric.
  6. Finally, use a clean towel to soak up any excess water, and allow the Sunbrella material to air dry. 

Shot of white Sunbrella fabric with spilling wine and cranberries.

Wine and charcuterie are no match for the performance of Sunbrella fabrics.

Why Performance Fabrics Work (And Why “Clean Red Wine Stain” Is Possible)

Sunbrella performance fabrics use technology to make sure they are incredibly durable. They are water-resistant, fade-resistant and resist mold and mildew. Even after heavy-duty cleaning, because the color is at the core of the fabric, the Sunbrella fabric keeps its vibrant color. 

These Easy Cleaning Steps Will Keep Your Sunbrella Fabrics Like New

When you choose Sunbrella fabrics, you can live through life’s messes (like spilling wine) without worry because they are truly unconditional fabrics. With durable Sunbrella fabrics and these easy tips, your furniture, pillows and curtains will look terrific even after a red wine spill or dribble. We’ll raise a glass to that and look forward to celebrating National Drink Wine Day!

Living room sofa upholstered in white Sunbrella fabrics and a table with two glasses and a bottle of wine

Sunbrella brings durable and easy to clean fabrics that stay looking and feeling incredible.

Interested in learning more about Sunbrella and the benefits of performance? Check out What is Performance Fabric for more details! For inspired design and tips on styling, follow along on our social channels.

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