Tips On Getting Red Wine And Other Tough Stains Out Of Clothes
The holiday season is one of the best times of the year to host your own wine-tasting party. It's also one of the most dangerous seasons of the year for the clothes in your wardrobe. There are few stains more demoralizing than red wine stains. Unfortunately, with a packed holiday social calendar, spills are inevitable, which means your favorite articles of clothing might be in danger this year. Getting a red wine stain isn't the end of the world, and it shouldn't mean the end of the party. Rest easy with these tips on getting red wine and other tough stains out of clothes.
First Things First
Red wine stains need to be dealt with right away. Immediate action will prevent the stains from settling into the fibers of your clothes. Once the red wine has settled in, it's much more difficult to remove, so acting quick is the first step. You can get a good portion of the stain out quickly if you dab. Don't rub, wipe or scrub the stain. Dabbing will help lift excess liquid out of the fabric. Red wine settles in when it dries, so it's essential to ensure the affected area retains moisture. No matter where you spill, act quick, dab the stain and put some of the following steps to use.
Simply Add Water
Surprisingly, one of the most effective solutions for getting red wine out of common fabrics like cotton is the hot water method. All you have to do is stretch the article of clothing as far as you can over a wide container such as the largest item from your mixing bowl set. Fill up a large cup or pitcher with hot water and slowly pour over the stain. The hot water will treat the stain right before your eyes and filter right into the bowl for easy cleanup. It's great for durable fabrics like cotton and also works on tablecloths. If it doesn't get everything, combine the water with salt or wash.
The Salt Solution
Many people don't bother with any other solution except a salt solution. It's simple, effective and easily treatable no matter where the party takes place. Known more for getting wine stains out of furniture fabrics and even the carpet on a cat climbing tower, salt also works for clothing. Right after the spill happens, pour salt (better too much than too little) on the stain and let it sit overnight. The salt will sift the stain out of the fabric. In the morning, wash with cold water and detergent. You can also add baking soda to the wash if the stain isn't gone.
The effectiveness of each stain removal solution depends somewhat on what kind of fabric has been stained. One of your foolproof techniques might not work as thoroughly as you'd thought on a particular article of clothing. Also, you might not notice a stain immediately. In these cases, you'll be looking for a heavy-duty solution to deal with stubborn red wine stains. Though there are many solutions on the market designed specifically for wine stains, it's just as easy to create a solution at home. Many of these products use the same key ingredients: liquid dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Mix and pour on the area, let sit and repeat until the stain has been lifted.
What About White Wine?
There's a reason why people worry so much more about red wine stains than white wine stains. Given the simple techniques detailed earlier, it seems white wine and champagne are as easy to remove as red wine. The difference is that white wine or champagne can be removed from any fabric using ordinary washing procedures. Applying stain remover and tossing it in the wash can get the job done. If the stain has already dried, try running cool water through the stain or spot cleaning before throwing it in the wash, and always follow the specific fabric's care instructions.
Spilling red wine on your favorite outfit isn't the end of the world. Act quickly if you can, or use a heavy-duty method if you don't get to the stain before it dries. Make sure your holiday party or wine-tasting get-together is stocked up with housewares from The Lakeside Collection, and stick around to shop for that new holiday outfit or a kids' toy piano to finish your Christmas list.