We all know the struggle of enjoying a nice glass of wine only to accidentally spill some on our clothes, the carpet or our furniture.
Do not fear, because removing wine stains is not only possible but can also be done with ease. As long as you know the right techniques and tools to use, you can say goodbye to those pesky wine stains in no time.
So, let’s dive in and learn how to remove wine stains like a pro.
1. Attack The Stain Immediately
The best way to ensure that a wine stain does not leave a permanent mark is to act as quickly as possible.
As soon as the spill occurs, blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to absorb as much wine as possible.
Avoid rubbing the stain, as this will only push the wine deeper into the fabric and make it harder to remove.
Once you have blotted the stain, rinse it with cold water and tackle the stain using stain remover or pre-wash before proceeding to wash it out.
2. Use Salt To Absorb The Stain
If you don’t have any special cleaning products on hand to remove the wine stain, do not worry, a pantry staple, salt, can do the trick.
Generously sprinkle some salt over the stain to absorb as much wine as possible. Let the salt sit for a few minutes and then brush it off.
Rinse the stain with cold water. Voilà! The stain should now be gone.
3. Try Baking Soda & Vinegar
Another pantry item that can be used to remove wine stains is baking soda. Mix baking soda with a few drops of vinegar to form a paste and then apply the paste to the wine stain. Allow the mixture to sit for approximately five minutes and then wash out the fabric with cold water. This mixture is also great to remove food stains.
4. Use White Wine
If you accidentally spill red wine on your clothes, you can use white wine to remove the stain. Simply pour a small amount of white wine over the red wine stain and let it soak in for 30 seconds. Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel and then rinse the fabric with cold water. This method is surprisingly effective and has helped me out of many sticky situations.
5. Get Professional Help
If all else fails, consider taking the stained item to the professionals. Dry cleaning facilities are skilled in removing wine stains and stubborn spots. They use special techniques and products to remove the toughest of stains. As a last resort, it can be worth the investment to leave the handling of this task to the professionals.
Removing wine stains can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and tools, it is no longer something to fear.
The key to success is to act quickly, use the right methods and always test a new cleaning product on a small, hidden patch of fabric before going all-in.
Remember, there is no need to sacrifice your clothing or furniture to a pesky wine spill, enjoy your wine and know that you are fully equipped to handle any spill that might occur.