How to Remove Red Wine Stains
Everyone that drinks wine has, at one point, spilled some on their shirt, pants, dress or even on that nice white carpet. Although it looks scary, it is not the end of the road for that article of clothing or carpet. There are several ways to get that stain out with out too much trouble.
One of the most important things that you can do is not waste any time. The sooner you can get the stain removed, the less likely it will leave a mark on your clothing or carpet. If you are lucky enough to get to the spill quickly, here are some useful tips for removing wet red wine stains:
Removing WET red wine stains:
Blot the spot with a dry towel to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Do not rub at the carpet because that can damage the fibers and cause more problems.
Once you have removed as much as possible of the stain by blotting, grab a towel and make a quick cleaning solution. Some, on the go, cleaning solutions can include; hydrogen peroxide and soap. (dish soap is fine), warm water and vinegar, carpet cleaning shampoo., club soda and dish soap. If none of those are available, hot water can work as well but might not remove the stain all the way.
(*if using hydrogen peroxide, make sure to follow it up with plenty of rinse/water to avoid bleaching. Also test on small spot before applying to large area)
Spray or pour your cleaning solution on the spot. Blot up with the towel until the stain comes up. Repeat this step as much as needed or until no more progress is noticeable.
If you get to the stain fast enough, it should come out with the help of the cleaning solutions and the methods described.
Removing DRY red wine stains:
Dry red wine stains are much harder to remove. There are a few common methods that can be tried to help get rid of the stain. Here are a few ways to treat the dry wine stain.
Pour club soda over the stain. After soaking the stain in club soda, mix baking soda and water into a paste like solution. Apply this solution to the effected area. Massage the paste into the fabric gently.
Leave the solution on the stain for a few hours. Continue to add water to the stain to keep it wet. After an hour or two clean the spot either with a carpet cleaning machine or hot water and towel until it is dry.
If that does not work, there are several products that can help you with removal of reed wine stains. These products include:
Oxy Clean: http://www.oxiclean.com
Wine Away: http://www.wineaway.com/
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