From an economic perspective, the outlook on wine is a positive one. In 2016, U.S. wine sales totaled close to 60 million dollars, and all signs suggest that total will continue to grow. When you consider our current wine culture, those numbers aren’t surprising.
Enjoying a nice glass of red wine can truly be one of the most relaxing ways to end the day, but there’s one thing no one considers before uncorking a bottle: the potential for a serious red wine stain.
The second you accidentally knock over a glass or a friend spills at a dinner party, your fun wine-filled evening comes to an end. But it doesn’t have to! If you have a good method of red wine stain removal, you can get back to your enjoying your evening.
Below, we’re sharing our top five tips for removing red wine stains. Read on to learn more!
1. Treat Clothing Stains Fast
The last thing you want is for one clumsy moment to ruin your favorite outfit. Knowing how to remove red wine stains from clothing and fabric can be a lifesaver.
As soon as possible, soak the stained item in a sink of cold water, or use a sponge soaked with cold water to treat the spot directly. After that, you can treat the area with a prewash stain remover and throw it into the washing machine.
2. Mix a Cleaning Solution
More often than not, a red wine stain happens exactly where you don’t want them to: on your light-colored carpet. If you have a homemade cleaning solution handy, there’s no need to panic when the worst occurs.
After blotting up as much of the spilled wine as possible, sponge the stain with a mixture of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, white vinegar, and warm water. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Once the stain has disappeared, sponge with cold water and blot dry.
3. Make a Paste
If you don’t keep white vinegar around, using baking soda can be a good alternative for red wine stain removal. Mix a three-to-one ratio of baking soda to water and apply the paste directly to the stain.
Wait for it dry completely, then vacuum up the dried paste.
4. Call the Experts
No one can anticipate every spill, and it’s possible you’ll be caught without any of the ingredients you need to treat it quickly. Unfortunately, the longer a stain is left to set, the harder it is to remove.
If you can’t remove a red wine stain yourself, it’s time to call an expert cleaning service. They’ll have more tools, ingredients, and methods at their disposal than the average person keeps at home.
Sometimes, a red wine stain can serve as inspiration for a new look for a room. If you spill on a rug that can easily be swapped out, try to find a new one to put in its place.
If you spill on an area of the carpet that could be covered by rearranging furniture, consider it as motivation to update the look of the space. It’s not an ideal solution, but it’s a great way to find the silver lining in an unfortunate situation.
Want More Tips for Removing Red Wine Stains?
Red wine stains don’t have to be the end of the world–or the end of a relaxing night. If you’re equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you can treat stains quickly and efficiently and get on with the rest of your glass.
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