How to Remove Stains: Don't Wine About It
It’s inevitable, a stain! The dirty 5-letter word that plagues most homes and parties, especially with the holiday season being in full swing. The worst offender? Red wine. So, before those tablecloths, napkins or clothes hit the laundry here are some quick tips to ensure those items look brighter and whiter all year long.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Clean White Rag
Step One: Blot, Don’t Rub
Drape the stained fabric over a bowl and gently dab the stain with a clean white rag , allowing for any excess wine to be absorbed away from the fabric.
Step Two: Club Soda, Anyone?
Take a cup of club soda and pour over the stained fabric draped over the bowl, ensuring the whole stain has been moistened. The fizz from the club soda will help lift the stain.
Step Three: Pass the Salt
If the stain is still there, turn to your salt. Cover the stain with the salt. It will act as a stain lifter and will slowly turn pink as the wine is absorbed.
Step Four: Kettle’s On
Take boiling water and slowly pour over the salted stain and let sit for several minutes while the stain lifts.
Step Five: Wash & Dry
To finalize your stain clean up, toss the fabric in the washer and ensure the stain has vanished before it hits the dryer.
Quick Tip: If you see the stain happen, douse it immediately with either club soda or salt. My choice is the salt which is quick and will start absorbing the stain instantly while you continue being the host with the most.