You’re enjoying a nice glass of red wine. The conversation is flowing and you take the occasional sip as you laugh and joke with your friends. You’re not really paying attention to the glass, which wouldn’t really matter most of the time. Then it happens. You knock the glass wrong or it slips out of your hand as you lift it and suddenly you have red wine all over your clothes or on the carpet.
We’ve all been there and there is never a time that it is not annoying. After all, for all of red wine’s amazing qualities, there is no getting around the fact that it stains clothes to the point where they can become unwearable if you aren’t particularly careful.
However, we are here to tell you that you don’t need to throw your clothes away once you’ve gotten red wine on them. In fact, with a couple of useful techniques, you will be able to get that stain out in no time at all and be back to wearing your favourite outfit sooner rather than later.
So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at how you can get rid of those pesky red wine stains. Try each of these five methods to find out the one that work’s best for you.
- The Salt Method
Salt is useful for a lot of things, but many don’t realize that it can actually be used to get red wine stains out of fabrics and carpets. As soon as the spill occurs, blot as much of it up as you can using a paper towel. Avoid wiping, as this will only spread the stain and make it more difficult to get rid of.
With the moisture lifted by the towels, cover the whole stain with salt until you can see any of the red wine at all. With a little bit of time, the salt will start to soak up the stain, absorbing the wine out of the fabric as it does. A quick use of the hoover should suck all of the salt up and the stain will be removed from your carpet.
As a final piece of advice, it is not advised that you use this technique on delicate fabrics, as the salt may have a negative effect on them.
- Boiled Water
It may seem like a simple solution, but boiled water will do a great job of getting rid of red wine stains from fabrics, particularly on table clothes. All you need to do is boil some water in a kettle. As the water boils, find a large glass bowl and stretch the stained piece of fabric over it, holding it in place by using an elastic band to hold the fabric against the rim.
Pop the bowl and fabric into a clean sink and grab your kettle once the water has boiled. While holding the kettle at least one foot over the fabric, carefully pour the boiling water while staying mindful of any splashes that could lead to scalding. You should find that the boiling water washes the stain right out of the clothes.
- Detergent and Hydrogen Peroxide
A good clothes detergent is still effective in removing red stains, even if it needs a little bit of help along the way. What you should do is mix together equal parts of a good detergent with hydrogen peroxide. With your mixture ready, pour it over the stain itself, rather than using the washing machine, and allow your concoction to absorb the red wine.
After a little bit of time, you should wash the item of clothing as you normally and you should find that you get rid of the stain entirely.
A quick word to the wise though. You should only use this trick on light coloured fabrics, as hydrogen peroxide has a definite tendency to bleach when used on darker fabrics. You don’t want to replace a red wine stain with a bleached item of clothing, after all.
- Bleach and Hot Water
Okay, so in most instances you will want to keep bleach as far away from your clothes as possible. After all, as we mentioned when discussing hydrogen peroxide, bleaching clothes to get rid of red wine will actually ruin the fabric even more.
However, there are some occasions when bleach is actually an effective red wine stain remover. In particular, it does the job when you happen to get red wine onto a white shirt.
Just soak the fabric in some bleach for about ten minutes and then washing the item in some hot water. With a little bit of time, you should find that the stain washes away and your shirt is pearly white again.
- The White Vinegar Trick
White vinegar has long been the “secret” ingredient in many a cleaner’s arsenal, as it can be used for everything from giving a nice shine to a metal surface through to cleaning stubborn fabrics. So, of course, you can use white vinegar to get a red wine stain out of an item of clothing.
All you need to do is cover the stain in the white vinegar, which will set to work neutralizing the purple and red pigments in the wine. Immediately once the vinegar is applied, rub some liquid detergent onto the stain and then wash the item of clothing in hot water.
In the majority of cases, you should find that the stain lifts out of the fabric quickly.
The Final Word
Getting rid of red wine stains from fabrics has always been a chore, but with these tips you should find the task easier than ever before.
The key in all cases is that speed is of the essence. If you allow the wine the time to bed into the fabric you will find that even these techniques will have a tough time of getting rid of the stain. So, spring into action as soon as the spill happens and you definitely improve your chances.