Removing wine stains from a fabric can be an easy task if you take prompt action. Wine stains are a common occurrence, especially when you are dining out or entertaining friends and family. Whether you have spilled some wine on your favorite dress, shirt, or a new carpet, you can use the tips below to effectively remove the stains.
1. Take Prompt Action
You will get the best results if you clean the wine spill as soon as it happens. The faster you act, the lesser effort you will have to put into cleaning the stain. However, if you do not notice the stain for some time, do not despair. With the right materials, you can still get rid of the stain. Remember to never rub the affected area. Always blot the stained part of the fabric and try to remove most of the stain. Never rub the stained area, as this will set the stain in place.
2. Clean in Accordance with the Provided Instructions
The sight of a deep red wine stain on a beloved piece of clothing or upholstery can be quite upsetting. However, before you attempt to clean the fabric, keep in mind the instructions for its care. Avoid the use of cold water or harsh detergents if the label specifically advises you to do so. If the fabric is only meant to be dry-cleaned, take it to the dry cleaners.
3. Pour White Wine on a Red Wine Stain
White wine counteracts the staining action of red wine. If you have some white wine at hand, pour some of it onto the affected area. This will effectively dilute the appearance of the stain, which you can then easily wash off with warm water.
4. Soak the Fabric in Hot Water
If you soak the stained fabric in hot water for a few minutes, you can see the stain slowly disappearing. You may have to follow up with some soap water to remove any remnants.
5. Try Commercial Stain Removing Products
There are several commercial stain removers that work great on wine stains, both new and old. Some of these are OxiClean®, Shout® and Wine Away®. Follow package instructions carefully before applying on any material.
6. Treat the Stain with Soda Water
Soda water is a great tool to use when combating red wine stains. Simply wet a cloth with soda water and blot it on to the affected part. This will lighten the stain considerably.
7. Use Vinegar
Vinegar is a great household material for cleaning and stain removal. If you treat a wine stain with a solution made from vinegar and water, you can get rid of older stains as well.
8. Try Dishwashing Liquid
Dishwashing liquids are quite effective in getting rid of red wine stains. Make a solution with equal parts water and dishwashing liquid. Dab it on to the stained fabric and follow up with water.
9. Never Apply Heat
If you have wine stains on a fabric, never iron it or put it in the dryer until the stain has been completely removed. The use of dry heat on such stains will make them permanent.
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