Whenever wine lovers come together, a spill or stain is sure to follow. Although red wine has a sophisticated flavor that enhances and complements food, there is always a risk of stains following in its wake. Red wine stains are easier to remove when they are fresh and wet. On the other hand, dried stains become hard to get rid off, though not impossible to remove. There are various commercial stain removers that can do the job, but what if you do not have the product in hand at the right moment? This is where this article comes handy. Given here are some techniques for red wine stain removal, from all kinds of fabrics. Read on to find out how to remove fresh as well as dried stains, so that you can sip your favorite red wine without any worry, the next time.
How To Remove Red Wine Stains
Removing Fresh (Wet) Stains
- White Wine
- Talcum Powder
- Baking Soda
- Club Soda
- Boiling Water
- Blot the fresh stain with a clean cloth, to remove the maximum wine possible. Do not scrub the stain.
- While blotting, work from outside of the stain towards the center, to keep it from spreading.
- Pour some white wine on a clean cloth and dab the stain with it. Then, blot the stain with a clean cloth. The area will get clear of the red wine.
- If the stain still exists, apply some club soda on the stain and blot with a cloth, to remove it.
- If you are still not successful, pour some salt, baking soda or talcum powder on the stain and let it rest. The powder will soak up the stain and it will become easier to remove.
- In case your fabric can be dipped in boiling water, lay the stained area across a large bowl. Pour boiling water over the stain, to allow water to run over the fabric and remove the stain.
- After the stain has been removed from the fabric, wash it with cold water and detergent, as directed on the care tag.
- Do not place the fabric in the dryer. Rather, air-dry it to make sure that the stain is not noticeable when the fabric is dry.
Removing Old (Dried) Stains
- Non-bleach/ Non-alkali Dish Detergent
- Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
- White Cloths or Paper Towels
- Cream of Tartar
- Place a paper towel beneath the fabric, to prevent the stain from transferring to the other side.
- Mix one part of dish detergent with two parts of hydrogen peroxide. Using a white cloth, blot the stain with this solution.
- If the stain is still not removed, make a paste by mixing cream of tartar with water. Apply the paste on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Blot the stain using a clean damp towel.
- After the stain has been removed, wash the fabric in cold water, following the detergent instructions on the care tag.
- Air-dry the clothing to ensure that the stain is not visible when the fabric dries out.