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Journal

September 15th

Removing Red Wine Stains

 Carpets

When dealing with red wine you need to move fast. To keep red wine stains from setting in carpets or linens, quick blotting or rinsing with cold water is key. On a wet stain, dab the carpet or tablecloth with a dry, white absorbent cloth to remove the excess liquid. If it’s the next morning or the stain has dried, apply a small amount of detergent solution. This should be 1/4 tsp. dishwashing liquid and 1 cup lukewarm water. Apply this to a white cloth and gently blot, working from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent spreading. Let it sit for several minutes. Repeat as needed until the stain is removed. Next you want to rinse with cold water and dab with a clean rag until dry.

  Tablecloth

On a new, wet stain, sprinkle coarse salt to absorb liquid from the fabric. Then blot with cold water or rinse under cold water to remove excess sugars and prevent oxidation.

For an older, dry stain, rub a bit of liquid laundry detergent into the stained area. Launder in the hottest water safe for the fabric with laundry detergent and color-safe bleach.

Repeat as needed until the stain is gone.