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How To Remove Wine Stains

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I hate to admit it, but I’ve run into the wine stain problem a few times. I actually think it’s pretty inevitable if you regularly drink wine. That’s why knowing how to remove wine stains is important. When it comes to any stain, time is always of the essence. The quicker you can get to treating a stain, the better. However, I know that sometimes it is hard to impossible to run off and treat a stain. That is why I will address both immediate treatments for fresh stains, as well as treatments for old stains.

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Disclaimer: With any method used, it is best to test a small area first to make sure the specific fabric will not be destroyed by the products used. Also, it may be a good idea to place a paper towel behind the stain so as to prevent the stain from bleeding through to the other side. Also, never rub a stain…that will only cause the stain to set.

How to remove a fresh wine stain

SOAP AND WATER METHOD

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1. With a clean cloth, blot (DO NOT RUB/SCRUB) the stain, moving from the outside edges towards the center of it. This is to soak up as much of the wine as possible.

2. Run the stain under cold water for 30 seconds.

3. Put dishwasher detergent on the stain, and spread it over the stain with your fingers. Fill your sink (or basin) with cold water, and dunk the the stain. (DO NOT TWIST THE FABRIC.)

4. Take the garment out of the sink/basin, and run it under cold water to remove the soap. Squeeze out the water (DON’T TWIST).

5. Air dry the garment. If the stain has disappeared after this, launder the garment according to the directions provided. If not, repeat the process or try a commercial stain remover.

WHITE WINE METHOD

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1. With a clean cloth, blot (DO NOT RUB/SCRUB) the stain, moving from the outside towards the center of it. This is to soak up as much of the wine as possible.

2. Pour a little bit of wine on the stain, and blot with a clean cloth.

3. Air dry the garment. If the stain has disappeared after this, launder the garment according to the directions provided. If not, repeat the process or try a commercial stain remover.

 

How to remove an old wine stain

Hydro peroxideSOAP AND HYDROGEN PEROXIDE METHOD

1. In a bowl, mix one part dishwasher detergent and two parts hydrogen peroxide.

2. Dip a clean cloth in the detergent and hydrogen peroxide mixture, and blot the stain with it.

3. Wash garment per its directions.

Cream of TartarCREAM OF TARTAR AND WATER METHOD

1. Mix cream of tartar and water to create a paste.

2. Cover stain with paste, and let sit for a while. Blot with clean, damp towel.

3. Wash garment per its directions.

Finally, commercial stain removers that come in travel form are good to use while on the go. Below are a couple suggestions.

Wine Away

Wine Out

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Hopefully, this article on how to remove wine stains will help save the garments that you may spill wine on. I know how frustrating it is to spend money on nice clothes only to have them ruined by stains, and let’s face it…you’re not going to stop drinking wine!

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