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Tips on Cleaning Up a Red Wine Spill

red-wine-spillIf you’re a red wine lover then you’ve probably become familiar with the odd red wine spillage every now and again.


Of course the entire issue of the red wine spill is the fact that they can be very difficult to clean up. Luckily, however, with people’s experience of such incidents, there are now a few strong ideas on how to clean up or at least manage the damage of such spills.


We thought we’d talk through a few popular ones that have appeared to do the trick for red spill victims.



A few things to note


Before we explore these options, we wanted to make note of a few important facts. First of all, placing salt on a fresh red wine stain will help stop it from setting into the carpet, fabric or clothing. Secondly, it’s important that when you’re trying to soak up as much of a red wine spill as you can that you blot and don’t rub. Rubbing into the stain will only further set it into the fabric. Finally, these tips are applicable to carpet, clothing or fabric treatment unless noted otherwise.



Removing a fresh red wine spill


1. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking/Bicarbonate Soda


If you happen to have hydrogen peroxide and some baking soda handy, this is believed to be one of the best combinations you can use to get rid of a fresh red wine spill. All you have to do is the following:


  • First of all, blot up as much of the wine as you can using a clean cloth
  • Spray hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, ensuring you cover all of it
  • Then sprinkle on a good amount of baking soda to cover the entirety of the stain, too
  • Allow the combination to sit for 2 – 3 minutes then remove and rinse with water


2. White wine


White wine is another great option as it helps neutralise the recently-spilled red wine. To do this, all you have to do is:


  • Pour white wine onto red wine spill
  • Grab a thick towel and blot the liquid up
  • If a stain is still visible, then place salt or baking soda on it and this should help lift any remaining colour/pigmentation


Removing an old red wine stain


As expected, removing an old red wine stain can be a little more difficult than that of removing a fresh spill. However, the following has been known to work fairly well in dealing with stains made on clothing or fabric. All you do is grab your clothing/fabric and follow these steps:


  • Place a towel underneath the stain to make sure it doesn’t bleed through to other parts during treatment
  • Use one part dish detergent and two parts hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain, ensuring you fully cover it
  • Let it sit for a while and then wash with cold water


It’s also a good idea that once you have done that you let the clothing or fabric to air dry. Do not use a dryer as the heat can cause any remaining elements of the stain to show and become impossible to remove.


As for treating carpet with a defined red wine stain, you can use this approach as well and it should help you see some results. You will need to adapt it appropriately, of course. Alternatively, carpet cleaning can help reduce or remove red wine stains as well.

What methods do you use in combatting red wine spillage? Share your tips with us by leaving a comment below.

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