The evening is beautiful, the wine is good, but an accident quickly happens: the glasses spill, the wine falls... and all on the tablecloth, on your dress or your shirt! Don't panic, it won't spoil your evening: Les Grappes offers you tips to get rid of wine stains on fabrics!
Above all, the trick of coarse salt does not work: coarse salt does not absorb liquid, and moreover it damages your laundry. Secondly, do not place the garment directly in the washing machine, as this could fix the stain. Then prefer a pre-wash according to the tricks we offer you. You can then put your laundry through the washing machine. Red wine stains are one of the most difficult stains to remove from clothing, which is why they should be removed as quickly 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.
Here are a few tips from grandma to get rid of freshly spilled red wine:
The stained garment can be immersed in cold water from the outset to prevent the stain from settling. A tip suggests first rubbing the stain dry with Marseille soap; then the garment can be machine-washed at 40°C. It is also possible to remove stains with flour or talcum powder: sprinkle the stain with flour or talcum powder, allow to dry and then brush the stain away. After rinsing, if a mark of the stain remains, dab with a cloth soaked in 70° alcohol. Other detergents that are effective against red wine include hot milk, vinegar or white wine, sparkling water to which rubbing alcohol is added. Warm milk should be dabbed onto the stain, then left to act 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 lukewarm water, then dab it with a cloth soaked in white vinegar. You can also proceed in the same way 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 on, rub and rinse.
White wine stains are less difficult to remove, but we still give you a few tips on how to get rid of them: Generally speaking, to clean your stain, start by soaking the garment in cold water. Then add dishwashing liquid to the stain, rub and leave 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 synthetic and the stain is fresh, you can use the flour or talcum technique mentioned above. If the stain is older, milk-soaked cloth is recommended. For a cotton garment, use clean cotton to mop up the liquid if the stain is fresh. Use hydrogen peroxide to dab the stain if your garment is white; if it is coloured, use household alcohol. If the stain persists, turn to white vinegar and dab it on the stain with a small cloth.
Marie Lecrosnier-Wittkowsky (for Les Grappes)