Red wine is usually enjoyed with cheese and a warm dish. It is the most preferred drink on a dinner date, but also the most annoying, if spilled on a dress, carpet, or tablecloth. The stains are difficult to remove and usually spoils the fabric while trying to get rid of it. We show you how to avoid this.
Stains on Carpet
Interestingly, most carpets stained by red wine are white or beige in color! However, there are a number of home remedies and commercial products that help remove these stains. While removing wine stains from light-colored carpets, blot it with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub the stain. Just blot as much of it as you possibly can. Then, dilute one tablespoon of ammonia in a cup of lukewarm water. Wet the stain with the ammonia solution and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, use a clean cloth to blot the stain; it should have gone by now.
Table salt is also an effective ingredient in removing red wine stains. Blot the excess liquid from the carpet and sprinkle salt on it while it is still wet. The salt crystals will absorb the liquid, and the stain will become light in color. Allow the salt to sit over the stain for 6 hours or overnight. Then, vacuum the area. You can also use club soda and blot the stain before sprinkling the salt over it.
Another method involves using white wine. Let the white wine soak the wine-stained carpet. Then, pour cold water on the stained area and blot it with a clean cloth. Using white wine is similar to using club soda. A bluish stain may remain, but it can be easily removed using liquid detergent.
You can even try removing the stain by using glycerin. Make a solution with one part glycerin, one part liquid detergent, and eight parts water. Pour this solution on the stain and let it sit for an hour. Then, wash the carpet like you usually would.
Stains on Clothing
When you spill red wine on your clothes, immediately blot the stain with paper towels or an absorbent cloth. An effective method is to use milk. Blot a fresh wine stain with a paper towel or cloth, and pour milk over it. Pour as much milk as the fabric can soak up. Then, rinse the stained area with cold water. You will find the stain gone.
Did you know that kitty litter can also help soak up red wine stains? Sprinkle it over the entire stain. Then, flatten it with your palm and let it absorb the stain. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the litter clay from the piece of clothing. Wash the fabric like you normally would.
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and any detergent soap meant for fabrics, in one dish. Pour this mixture over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, blot the area with paper towels. Continue blotting it till the stain is gone.
If your garment is meant for dry cleaning only, you should not try any method other than simply blotting it with paper towels. Take it to the dry cleaners immediately for removing the stain. You can also use the club-soda-salt method, mentioned in the carpet stain removal section, for your clothes. Remember, the longer the stain remains, the more difficult it will be to get rid of. So, act immediately if you want the fabric to retain its quality.