Removing Red Wine Stains: Do You Know How?

Any hobby comes with risks and occasional accidents. For wine lovers, this often comes in the form of a spill. Every now and then, inebriation from having too much wine or just plain bad luck will cause even the most experienced wine hobbyist to knock over a glass of wine or swirl it a little too aggressively. Unfortunately, wine is one of the hardest stains to remove, and quite often (and unfortunately) it’s red wine that’s been spilled. Removing red wine stain is possible by following a few instructions to make sure your favorite drink isn’t permanently stained on your floor or furniture.

As soon as you’ve spilled red wine on anything, blot the stain with paper towels to remove most of the moisture. The amount of elbow grease you have to put into removing red wine stain depends on how fast you act. If the item is dry clean only, simply blot out of the moisture and get it to the cleaners. It is very important that you do not use any liquid on dry clean only items! This can permanently damage the fabric.

The best thing you can do for a sudden stain is to fight fire with fire. As soon as you absorb the majority of the moisture from the red wine spill, pour a small amount of white wine on the stain if you have any. This neutralizes the tannins and proteins within the red wine that can create permanent damage.

Next, use a small amount of soap (Tide or Dawn works best) with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide mixed together on a rag or sponge. If the wine stain is on clothing, place something behind the piece of cloth as you treat it, preventing the stain from spreading further. With this mixture, blot the stain until the stain is out. Remember, always blot; rubbing actually creates friction between the cleaning agent and the stain, which imprints the stain more into the fabric or carpet!

What if the stain has been there for a while? What if the pre-treatment doesn’t work? Fortunately, there are some more alternative solutions to removing red wine stain.

An alternative treatment for removing red wine stain from fabric or carpet is club soda and salt. When you’ve blotted the moisture from the stain, pour a small amount of club soda on the stain and sprinkle the salt. Allow the salt to dry and then vacuum the spot. If the stain still isn’t coming out completely, use a small amount of detergent or dishsoap. By now, the stain should be completely lifted.

For extra tough stains, or stains that have set for a while, a product called Wine-Away is an excellent way of removing red wine stain. Wine-Away is especially good for carpets and large areas where soap and hydrogen peroxide is impractical. Best of all Wine-Away doesn’t harm fabrics or even hard surfaces like marble or porcelain.

Wine drinking comes with its risks, but with a few simple products and a little elbow grease you can rest assured that removing red wine stain from your fabrics, carpets and furniture is completely possible.

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