Oenologie - Nos astuces pour enlever une tache de vin ! - Les Grappes

Our tips for removing a wine stain!

The evening is beautiful, the wine is good, but an accident happened quickly: 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!

To avoid

Above all, the trick of coarse salt does not work: coarse salt does not absorb the liquid, and moreover it damages your laundry. Then, you should not put the garment directly in the washing machine, it would risk to fix the stain. Then prefer a pre-wash according to the tricks that we propose you. You can then put your laundry in the machine. Red wine stains are one of the most difficult stains to remove from clothes, that's why you should get rid of them 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

Here are a few tips from grandma to get rid of freshly spilled red wine:

You can immediately immerse the stained garment in cold water to prevent the stain from settling. A trick is to first rub the stain dry with Marseille soap; then the garment can be machine-washed at 40°C. It is also possible to remove the stain 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 soaked in 70° alcohol. Other detergents effective against red wine include hot milk, vinegar or white wine, sparkling water with rubbing alcohol added. The hot milk should be dabbed on the stain, then left to act for about an hour before rinsing.

If the stain is old, here are some more 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 it on, rub and rinse.

For the white wine

White wine stains are less difficult to remove, but we still have a few tips to help you get rid of them: In general, to clean your stain, start by soaking the garment in cold water. Then add dishwashing liquid to the stain, rub it in and leave it 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 blot 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)

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