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by • December 1, 2016 • Cleaning Tips & How To’s, Laundry Care, Uncategorized, What's in SeasonComments (0)1196

5 Simple Ways to Tackle Red Wine Stains

Tis the season for festivities! Work parties, friend parties, family parties… its just part of how we celebrate the holiday season. However, with all those gatherings, full of delicious eats, treats and lovely drinks, the likelihood of red wine sloshing out of a glass, blog_redwine_holidays-56and onto carpet or clothing, naturally increases.

(Perhaps you’re simply a lover of red wine? Then this article’s for you!)

I suppose prevention is your best bet. You could always put down that glass of wine every time you find yourself gesturing excitedly, or when the music hits you just the right way and you feel a little hip-shakin’ boogy coming on. Yeah, not exactly in the spirit of genuine merriment.

Relax, its just wine and there’s several simple methods you can use to prevent that spill from turning into a permanent stain.

With any red-wine spill, the sooner you can attend to it, the better!

Even if all you can do at the moment is soak up the extra wine, you’ll be ahead of the game by the time you have an opportunity to tackle it completely. But even if a red wine spill has dried into fibers, there’s still plenty of hope.

Keep in mind that with all the following approaches listed below, its important that you blot the spill or stain and NEVER wipe or rub it, which will only force the red wine deeper into fibers.

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1] Dried-On Red Wine or Fresh Spill: Bleach Alternative + Water

Directions

  1. In a bucket or large bowl, break open 1 detergent pod and dissolve in warm water.
  2. Place garment into mixture and soak for about 10 minutes.
  3. Run garment through the wash on a cool cycle.
    NOTE: DO NOT dry any garment in the dryer until the stain has been eradicated; the heat from the dryer will only act to set the stain into a permanent state.

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2] Dried-On Red Wine: Laundry Detergent + Hydrogen Peroxide

Directions

  1. In a bowl, break open 1 detergent pod and pour in equal parts hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Apply directly to the red wine spot.
  3. Gently blot the stained area with a dry cloth until its no longer visible: repeat as necessary.
  4. For Carpet: Blot the stain with a clean wet cloth to soak up any excess mixture; blot with a dry cloth to soak up excess moisture, and allow to dry.
    For Garments: Run through the wash on a cool cycle.
    NOTE: DO NOT dry any garment in the dryer until the stain has been eradicated; the heat from the dryer will only act to set the stain into a permanent state.

Don’t have pods on hand? You can substitute Grab Green Dish Soap + a little water in the above recipe— works great!

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3] Fresh Red Wine Spill: Detergent or Soap + Water + Vinegar

Directions

  1. Combine the ingredients and apply directly to the red wine spot.
  2. Gently blot the stained area with a dry cloth until its no longer visible: repeat as necessary.
    For Carpet: Blot the stain with a clean wet cloth to soak up any excess mixture; blot with a dry cloth to soak up excess moisture, and allow to dry.
    For Garments: Run through the wash on a cool cycle.

In case you don’t have the above ingredients on hand, don’t fret!
There’s more options…

4] White Wine Method—Great for Dried-On Red Wine

White wine counteracts the red wine making it easier to remove—I love this!

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Directions

  1. Pour a small amount of white wine over the dried red wine, allow the white wine to interact with the red (give it a minute to break up the red wine) and blot with a towel. Repeat as necessary.
  2. For Carpet: Blot the stain with a clean wet cloth to soak up any excess mixture; blot with a dry cloth to soak up excess moisture, and allow to dry.
    For Garments: Run through the wash on a cool cycle.

5] Salt Method—Fresh Red Wine Spill

Salt is so effective at absorbing water because it is an ionic compound with strong attractive forces for the highly polarized water molecules (and wine is about 7/9 water). Science is so cool!

Directions
Shake a thick layer of salt over the red wine to prevent it spreading further.
The salt will absorb the wine and from there you can gently brush the salt from the clothing, or vacuum the  salt from the carpet. Voila!blog_redwine_holidays-54

With all that said… if you are a lover of red wine, we suggest perhaps foregoing those lovely winter whites for something a bit darker—its just safer 🙂

One last note: Keep in mind that the above techniques are intended for everyday fabrics. If you happen to spill red wine on a delicate fabric, such as satin, you may want to have it professionally cleaned—but always check the care label. However, attending to the spill with the “soak up the excess” method, is still advisable!

 

Now go on… enjoy those festivities and Happy Cleaning!

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