How to remove red wine stains – the simple cleaning hacks

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Wine spillages are inevitable, and spills can quickly turn into stains. Red wine can be a particularly difficult stain to deal with because of its various properties.

Red wine contains tannins, an organic substance used in ink production – so it’s no surprise stains form quickly and are particularly stubborn.

To boot, red wine also contains chromogens, a primary substance in many plants that are responsible for dyes, which is why it has particular staying power when it comes into contact your favourite shirt or new carpet.

If you end up spilling red wine, the key to getting rid of any potential stains from the spillage is to act quickly.

Whenever you spill red wine, the first thing you should do is mop up any excess liquid by blotting the affected area with a kitchen towel, then using one of the tricks below to make sure the stain doesn’t stay.

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Salt trick

Good for carpets, the salt trick helps soak up excess wine you might not be able to see once the spill has been blotted.

Blot as much of the wine as you can with a paper two, then cover the stain with salt and let it soak into the carpet.

Let the salt soak into the stain and once the stain has dried, the salt should have soaked up the excess moisture.

White vinegar and laundry detergent

Working best on clothes and fabrics, covering a stain with white vinegar will neutralize the purple and red pigments in the wine.

Once the vinegar has been applied, rub the stain with liquid laundry detergent.

Next, wash on a normal wash and the stain should lift easily.

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Rubbing alcohol

Blot and then rinse the stain thoroughly with water.

Gently rub the wine with rubbing alcohol.

Next, wash on a normal wash.

Dishwashing Liquid and Hydrogen Peroxide

Combine the two and test it on an inconspicuous area as hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent – so only use on white fabrics.

Pour the mixture onto the stain and let sit, checking every once in a while to see if the stain has disappeared; if it has not, add more mixture until it does.

Once the red wine is gone, wash the piece of clothing immediately.

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