Removing Red Wine Stains from Fabrics

Removing Red Wine Stains from Fabrics

Whether you’re home alone and spilled some wine, or a guest at your party dropped a glass on your white carpet, chances are, you need to find a way to get that red wine out of your fabrics. Red wine stains always seem to happen at the worst time, and on the whitest, absorbable materials in your home. No worries–there are several tips and tricks to removing red wine stains from home fabrics. From furniture to clothing, we’ve got you covered!

First off, it is essential that you catch the stain as soon as possible, before it dries on the fabric. The faster you react, the better your chances of removing the stain fully from the fabric before it becomes a permanent stain on your clothes, furniture, or carpet. As soon as it happens, it’s time to take action!

If a stain occurs on clothing such as cotton or polyester, a quick mixture of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn dish soap can be carefully applied to the stain. A paper towel, napkin, or towel can be used to gently blot the area until the stain is no longer visible. As soon as you can, put the clothing in the laundry according to the tag’s instructions and clean the garment.

The same hydrogen peroxide and dish soap method can be used on carpet stains. The solution should be poured onto the spot to let it soak for a few minutes before blotting. Remember to blot, as scrubbing will just send the red wine stain deeper into the fabrics and make it harder to remove.

Another option is the use of water, vinegar, and soap. This is a wonderful alternative if you do not have hydrogen peroxide handy. Vinegar has always been a great way to clean, and can be used to treat red wine stains as well!

If you’re really in a pinch, here are two uncommon ways to address a stain when short on time–or supplies! First, white wine can actually be poured on the red wine stain. The white wine can counteract the stain, and can make it easier to blot up the red wine. You can also use a thick layer of table salt on red wine stains. Why? The salt can keep the red wine from spreading and setting into the carpet, so that you can go about your party and deal with the stain later!

If you weren’t lucky enough to catch the wine spill while it was wet and are dealing with a dried in stain on your carpet, you can always turn towards kitchen essentials. Club soda can be poured onto the stain to re-wet it, left on for a minute or two. Then, using a simple thick paste made from baking soda and water, apply the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for a couple hours. After this has been done, wipe up the baking soda solution and clean your carpet as you normally would. The red wine stain should be gone!

Cleaning red wine doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple tricks and techniques–and kitchen essentials–you can address any kind of red wine stain that may occur in your home, either on your clothing, your couch, or your carpet!

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