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Everything you always wanted to know about wine but never dared to ask

The evening is beautiful, the wine is good, but an accident quickly happened: the glasses spill, the wine falls... and everything on the tablecloth, on your dress or your shirt! No panic, it won't spoil your evening: Les Grappes offers you tips to get rid of wine stains on fabrics!

To avoid

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First of all, the trick of coarse salt does not work: coarse salt does not absorb liquid, and it also damages your laundry. Then, do not place the garment directly in the washing machine, as this could fix the stain. Then prefer a pre-wash according to the tips we offer. You can then machine your laundry. Red wine stains are one of the most difficult stains to remove from clothing, which is why it is important to do it as soon as possible. This also applies to white wine, by cleaning the stain as soon as the wine has spilled you have a better chance of removing it.

For red wine

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Here are some tips from Grandma on how to deal with the red wine that is still freshly spilled:

You can immediately immerse the stained garment in cold water, this prevents the stain from sticking. A trick is to first rub the stain dry with Marseille soap; then the garment can go to the machine at 40°C. It is also possible to remove stains with flour or talcum powder: sprinkle the stain with flour or talcum powder, let it dry and then brush the stain. After rinsing, if there is still a mark of the stain, dab with a cloth impregnated with 70° alcohol. Other detergents effective against red wine include mulled milk, vinegar or white wine, sparkling water to which rubbing alcohol is added. The hot milk should be stamped on the stain, then left to work for about an hour before rinsing.

If the stain is old, here are some other tips. White vinegar is still effective against this type of stain: soak the stain in warm water, then dab it with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. You can also do the same with a cloth soaked in the mixture ½ glass of water, ¼ glass of white vinegar and ¼ glass of household alcohol. Finally, you can apply a paste of baking soda and lemon to the stain. Leave to work, rub and rinse.

For white wine

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White wine stains are less difficult to remove, but we still give you some tips to get around it: Generally, to clean your stain, start by soaking the garment in cold water. Then add dishwashing liquid to the stain, rub and let it work for a few minutes. You can then wash your garment in the washing machine. If the stain persists, add bleach to the wash water.

If your garment is made of synthetic material, and the stain is fresh, you can use the flour or talc technique mentioned above. If the stain is older, milk-soaked fabric is recommended. For a cotton garment, use clean cotton to absorb the liquid if the stain is fresh. Use hydrogen peroxide to dab the stain if your clothing is white; if it is coloured, use household alcohol. If the stain persists, turn to the white vinegar and stamp it on the stain with a small cloth.

Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky (for Les Grappes)

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