An occupational hazard of making your living through wine is the fact that stains become part of your life. We have tried it all, soda water, white wine, soap, all with varying success. There is a group of people on the internet, however, who devote themselves to the science of cleaning. Aptly named Cleanipedia, here you will find solutions to all your burning cleaning questions. We were only interested in wine, and here is what they say:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Red Wine Stain Removal
1. Depending on how much wine you have spilt, gently dab or blot the excess liquid with a clean cloth or piece of kitchen roll. Do not rub the stain – you do not want to make it worse.
2. If possible, apply some salt on the stain while it is still damp. Salt is a good tool to help tackle red wine stains, as it soaks up the excess liquid and stops it penetrating the fibres of your clothes. Of course, there may be times when this remedy is not possible – whipping off your stained top in the middle of a crowded restaurant in order to pour salt on it may raise more than a few eyebrows!
3. You could also try applying white wine to the stain, which will help neutralise it. Just gently dab the stain to remove the excess liquid. Baking soda also can be a useful product for helping to remove red wine stains. Consider applying a baking soda paste to the affected area.
4. After applying the salt, baking soda, or white wine, you should see a difference. If it’s a larger stain, or already partially dried in, then you can try soaking the garment in white wine or in club soda.
5. If the methods above aren’t available, or haven’t quite removed the wine stain entirely, apply a stain removal product to the stain – just follow the directions on the label.
6. After this treatment is complete, wash the garment as normal on a cool wash. Avoid a hot wash or tumble drying on high heat, as heat may set the stain.