How To Remove Mattress Stains (Yes, Even Red Wine Stains)

Hey, we get it. You wanted to relax and watch Netflix in bed while enjoying a glass of red wine. What you didn’t want was your 80 pound golden retriever jumping into bed with you and knocking your elbow just as you were taking your first sip. Now, you have red wine splashed across your face, the sheets, and it’s soaking through to the mattress.

Accidents happen, especially in a home with a lovable fur ball. Thankfully, you have a Zonkd Mattress that has a removable zipper cover, so if you really wanted to take it off and throw it in the wash, you definitely can. However, mattress covers are inherently difficult to get off and put back on. We suggest spot cleaning with warm water and a gentle detergent, as this will remove most stains.

“But, it’s red wine!” You say. Good point. If your scenario is anything like the above, simply follow the tips below on how to clean red wine stains from a mattress, as well as  just about anything.

Don’t Panic, But Be Quick

The key to removing red wine stains is to not let it soak in. Don’t stand there lamenting the loss of the delicious beverage. As soon as the red wine spills, jump into action diluting the spill. If you have a class of water handy, try dropping some water on the stain to lessen its potency. However, you don’t want the stain to spread, so don’t go over board here.

Soap and Water

Soap and water are great agents for removing most stains, however red wine is a little tougher. Try gently blotting and dabbing with a dry paper towel or cloth to soak up excess liquid.

Club Soda

If the red wine stain persists, try using club soda: a tried and true method for removing stains from anything. This method is most effective when the stain is still fresh and hasn’t dried. Pour enough club soda over the stain, and then cover the entire area with normal table salt. Let the club soda and salt sit on the stain for a few hours. As the combination dries, the salt will absorb the red wine, lifting and removing it from mattress.

White Vinegar

If you don’t have club soda lying around, the same method as above can be employed with white vinegar as well. If it doesn’t work the first time, repeat the process a few times, and eventually a stain as stubborn as red wine will disappear. 


While not a common household item, Borax contains boric acid, which is one of the most common ingredients found in many household cleaning products, and is readily available at most stores. To treat a red wine stain, mix borax with water to make a paste and spread over the stain. Leave it for an hour or two and then brush away the dried residue. If there is still some stain left, you can typically use gentle soap and water to remove any of the excess spillage.


Bleach is an intense cleaning agent, and should only be used to remove red wine stains in dire situations. We recommend using a milder version of bleach (like hydrogen peroxide) to treat the stain. Always handle bleach with care, wearing gloves when using the solution. Also, be aware that while it might get rid of a red wine stain, bleach can also cause discoloration to anything it comes into contact with.

While you can avoid red wine spills on the mattress by simply prohibiting it from the bedroom, we totally understand if that isn’t an option for you – it’s definitely not an option for us. So, keep in mind, if you spill red wine: act quickly, don’t let the stain dry, and use any of the above methods to remove the pesky stain.

Happy drinking and happy sleeping!


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