How to Clean a Wine Stain

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How to Clean a Wine Stain

Wine StainHopefully your favorite outfit, upholstery and carpeting made it through the holiday season without issue … the issue being unscathed by a red wine stain. It is Murphy’s Law that you, the host or hostess, might be serving white and red wine to your guests, and, that if there is to be but one drop of spillage of that grape nectar, of course, expect it to happen with a red wine. And if the worst did happen and you spilled red wine on your favorite sofa or carpet, no need to fear, you can try to clean it yourself by following our advice below or you can call a professional house cleaner in Hoboken.

You know the scenario. You’ll cringe while watching in slow motion as that tipped-over glass takes a tumble onto your cream-colored upholstery, then after dripping along the cushion that same glass flips and the wine dregs drain onto the carpet. You feel badly, but imagine what the guest is feeling?

Wine spillage on furniture is the easiest to clean, and after wiping up the excess, you allow the furniture to dry and apply a few coats of good furniture polish, allowing plenty of time to dry between applications.

But, it is wine stains, usually the darker wine varieties, that land on various fabrics, that are the most difficult to remove.

But, there is no cause for alarm, if you have a few items on hand, for just such a calamity. There are products specifically designed for wine stain removal – they are: Wine B Gone, Wine Away and Scotch Gard Oxy.

Products at hand

As you try to quickly recall what you’ve read in the past about salvaging fabrics damaged by wine, you should be advised that there are some myths floating around to be aware of. Sprinkling the stain with an abundance of salt should not be done as you will only end up with a stained and gritty mess.

There are, however, a handful of home remedies that may be utilized to eradicate that stain, without resorting to chemicals or a professional cleaning service. They are worth trying and are listed below.

Home remedies

Will quickly pouring white wine over the red wine stain help to erase or lighten the stain? White wine will help to neutralize the stain on fabrics and prevent it from spreading further. But, you will need to blot that stain until it is removed completely. If you don’t have any white wine at hand, try using vodka as a substitute and it will get the job done.

If you have club soda handy, its effervescent properties might help attack that stain. Use it initially to blot up the stain, then take four cups of lukewarm water and dilute it with one-quarter dishwashing soap and apply it to the remaining stain. Don’t panic if you don’t have club soda because ordinary tap water or bottled water will work in a pinch.

How about a combo of white vinegar and liquid dishwashing detergent to take out that offending stain? Well, this will work too. After blotting the stain with a clean towel, next mix one part white vinegar to two parts water and proceed to saturate the spill with this mixture.  Blot again with a clean towel. Then take one-quarter teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with four cups of lukewarm water and pour a small amount of this solution onto the stained upholstery or carpet. Use a gentle kneading motion to work the sudsy solution into the fabric. Rinse with water.

As a last resort use the hydrogen peroxide and liquid dishwashing detergent method if all other remedies fail. The reason is that hydrogen peroxide will bleach your fabric, whether it is clothes, upholstery or carpet. If possible, blend the mixture together and test it on a hidden piece of fabric first. After blotting your spill, mix two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dishwashing detergent and apply it to the spill.  Then take a sponge and dab at the spill until the stain is removed and the area is dry.

Besides the above tips, here’s a little primer below to keep handy so you know how to remove a wine stain from fabric. These simple dos and don’ts will help you to keep your cool and a smile pasted on your face:

Do the following:

  • Attack that wine stain with a vengeance – the quicker the better and your chance of success at eradicating that stain.

  • Blot the stain to absorb as much of the wine as possible, using a white cloth, or plain paper towels, never a printed fabric or paper towel of any sort or you will risk having that color absorbed into the wet fabric as well. Apply pressure to the towel to grind that stain out of the fabric

  • Rinse the stain with plenty of fresh water.

Don’t do:

  • Unless you know the type of fabric that has been stained, i.e. suede, leather, wool or silk, do not use chemicals of any type. This includes professional dry cleaning … only dry clean items that normally would need professional cleaning.

  • If you do use chemicals, bear in mind that you should not panic if the red wine stain suddenly turns blue after using a stain removal agent – this is normal, just disregard it and, in the case of clothing, launder the item as usual. If the red wine stain or the bluish stain persist, just re-launder a few time in an effort to lighten, if not permanently remove, that stain.

  • Do not apply heat, like a blow dryer to dry the spot as heat will set the stain permanently.

No more w(h)ining about that stain … just contact a professional!

Lastly, if all these methods fail, or you don’t want to risk making a bigger mess, you can always contact a professional home cleaning service. They are familiar with all type of stains and will get to the root of your problem and eradicate that stain for you.

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