Mention the possibility of red wine stains to party hosts or even restaurant owners and you are likely to elicit groans and raised eyebrows. Red wine seems to be the most commonly spilled liquid, or at least the most oft mentioned. While there are a number of tried and true methods for lifting red wine stains the underlying key to the success of all these methods seems to be acting quickly. If you leave your red wine stain until the next day or whenever it is convenient, you’ll find yourself with a permanent stain. So now that you know you need to act quickly when a red wine spill happens in your home, this is what you need to know about how to remove red wine stains instantly.
• When you need to tackle a wine stain, pour some cold water onto the area as quickly as possible. This is an important first step since it instantly dilutes the wine before it has time to settle in, and therefore makes removal much easier. Should you spill the wine on removable items, such as your clothing or bedding, it’s best to pour the cold water from the back. This method also works well for any type of stain.
• Once you have completely flushed the garment or rinsed the rug, the diluted wine then should be tackled with a spot of household laundry detergent. You can do this by gently rubbing laundry detergent into the wet fabric and then allow it to stand for at least 5 minutes but no longer than 10. If you do not have any laundry detergent handy then a drop of liquid dishwashing soap should work if you catch the spill quickly.
• There is a different method for getting a wine stain out of carpets and rugs. It will work best if you use a carpet spot cleaner. Some of these carpet cleaners can work wonders and it can be helpful to always have one of these on hand for this type of spill. These spot cleaners are available just about everywhere, and many are produced to tackle specific stains too, which makes them ideal items to be kept in the cleaning cupboard.
• If your stain shows signs of stubbornness as some do, depending on the fabric spilled on, then it is suggested that you soak the item for longer and then put it in the wash machine. When it comes to carpets and rugs, if the stain is still visible, then professional cleaning may be the only way to remove it. As with most stains, the sooner it is tackled the better.