Wine spills and stains are probably the only negative side effect to enjoying wine. Stain removal is a science for some and the Chicago Tribune, after consulting a drycleaner, published a whole article on the subject. Red wine is apparently one of the most difficult stains to get rid of. How you treat a red wine stain depends on a host of factors, including the type of fabric and the colour of the garment, but one key ingredient to success is consistent: patience.

Here is what you will need: a dry, white cloth, salt, white vinegar and colour-safe bleach. The sooner you respond to the stain, the better the chance of success.

Blot the stain with a dry white cloth to keep it from spreading. Never rub a stain, because you can cause the fabric to pill or thin or cause the threads to separate. Cover the stain in table salt. Let it stand 5 minutes. The stain should fade to pink as the salt soaks up the wine. Rinse with cool water. If the red wine hasn’t come out using the methods so far, create a diluted vinegar mixture — 50% white vinegar, 50%water — and blot that onto the stain.

Rinse or throw the item in the washer, using the warmest water the label allows. If the stain still hasn’t come out, pour boiling water through the stain. Still no luck? Soak the garment in a tub of warm water and colour-safe bleach (do a spot test for coloured fabrics first) for 30 to 60 minutes.



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