Spill Red Wine On Your Concrete Patio? Here Is How To Clean It Up

by Cheryl Dunn

Now that your patio contractor has provided you with a beautiful concrete patio, you are likely taking great care not to spill anything on it. No matter what you do, nothing will prevent the occasional spill. However, if the day comes when red wine finds its way onto the concrete, there is hope.

The first thing to do, if the wine is still wet is to wash it away with a garden hose. However, if you don't notice it until the wine has dried and left a stain, follow these instructions:

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The first step to take when you find that a red wine stain is living on your concrete patio is to gather your supplies. Visit your local chemist shop to obtain the following, if you don't already have them at home:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Glycerine (also known as glycerin)
  • White vinegar

In addition to the above items, have a small pail, soft scrub brush, sponge, and clean soft cloth handy.

Step 2: Create and Apply the Cleaning Mixture

Fill the small pail with water, then add just a few drop of tea tree oil and glycerine and mix well. Dip the scrub brush into the mix and scrub the stain with it. Rewet the brush a couple of times and continue scrubbing for a few minutes. Then allow the mixture to sit on the stain for about a half an hour.

Step 3: Rinse and Repeat

Wet the brush again and scrub once more, then rinse the stain with clean water from the garden hose. Repeat step two and then rinse again.

Step 4: Increase the Dosage

If the stain is not coming out, double the amount of tea tree oil and glycerine and scrub once more. Let it sit for about a half an hour and then rinse.

Step 5: Bring in the Finisher

As an alternative, and if the stain is more stubborn than you thought, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a pail. Use a wet and soapy sponge to scrub the wine stain and rinse. Apply a small amount of glycerine to the soft cloth and blot any remaining wine stain off the concrete. Then rinse the area.

Rinse any red wine spills that you see on your concrete immediately with a garden hose, if possible. If you don't notice it until the wine has dried and left a stain, then the above steps will take care of it. If you have trouble getting the stain out, contact your patio builders, such as Coffs Harbour Blinds & Awnings. They will be able to provide advice specific to your situation.