Tips for Removing a Wine Stain
You thoroughly enjoy a glass of red wine and so do your friends. There is resurgence in the appreciation of fine wines. A good red wine is a must have in most homes. The more often you pour red wine the greater the chance of spillage. There is always a feeling of panic when red wine is spilled on upholstery, carpeting or clothing. Your first thought is how to get it out.
- If you are a regular red wine drinker then you should always keep a bottle of soda water (club soda) because it is very effective in removing red wine stains.
- It is very important that you take immediate action when red wine is spilled.
- The longer you leave the stain the harder it is to remove.
- As soon as the wine is spilled use a soft absorbent cloth or thick paper towel to gently dab at the spill.
- You do not want to push the stain into the fiber; you want to absorb the wine.
- Next, pour soda water directly onto the stain and let it soak into the stain.
- Using a clean cloth or paper towel gently press on the stain to absorb the soda water.
- You will notice the red stain is getting lighter.
- Keep adding soda water and absorbing it with a clean cloth or towel until the stain has lifted.
- Instead of using soda water you could mix your own solution.
- Do it as soon as you have used a clean cloth or paper towel to gently blot up the wine.
- Mix a half cup of hydrogen peroxide with one cup water and a small quantity of liquid soap.
- Mix well and pour into a spray bottle. Apply solution to the stain.
- You will see the red color disappear. Blot up with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- Once the stain is gone you can use a clean wet cloth to wipe away the solution. You must do this thoroughly because hydrogen peroxide acts like bleach.
- Finally, blot up moisture with a clean cloth or towel.
There are stain removers you can buy especially formulated for red wine. If you use these you will not have to worry about bleaching. There are red wine drinkers who swear that white wine removes red wine stains. However, soda water is effective and harmless and it is often recommended by Persian carpet dealers for removing red wine spillage from oriental carpets.