Yes, I know; Wasting even one drop of your favorite Adirondack Winery red is hard to comprehend… but unfortunately, it happens. No worries, though; There’s no need to cry over spilled wine. Here are some tips and tricks for removing those tough, red wine stains:
For a Fresh Stain:
- Blot the stain with a clean, wet cloth (blot the edges first and do not scrub; this will prevent it from spreading).
- If unable to treat the stain, keep it damp or sprinkle salt over the stain; This will help to absorb any excess wine and prevent the stain from spreading.
- When you are able to treat the stain, rinse it in cool water (rinse only the stained area to avoid spreading)
- Mix equal parts dish soap & hydrogen peroxide & blot the mixture onto the stain.
- Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse with cool water. If some of the stain still remains, repeat steps 3-5 until it fades.
For Set-In Stains:
- Soak the stain with cool water or club soda.
- Mix baking soda and water together to make a paste.
- Spread the mixture over the stain and let it sit for a couple of hours (keep the stain wet the entire time).
- Remove the paste & wash normally.
- Blot up as much of the stain as possible with a cool, damp cloth.
- Mix a small amount of dish soap with a small amount of vinegar and about 2 cups of water. Blot the stain with this mixture using a damp cloth and alternate with a dry cloth to soak up the liquid.
- Continue until the stain disappears.
- For extra tough, carpet stains, spread the baking soda mixture, listed above, over the stain (using an old toothbrush or a small scrub brush is helpful to push the mixture deep into the carpet).
- Let the paste dry and vacuum.
So the moral of this story is, next time try to keep your wine in your glass. Or better yet, just drink it!
We’ll be back with more wine facts, tips & tricks, so stay tuned for more Wine for Thought!