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How to remove wine stains

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Say goodbye to wine stains

Red wine, how we love you, but wine stains – particularly red ones – can stick with you longer than a hangover. There's no reason to cry over spilled wine (unless that's all you had!). Here's how to remove wine stains.

Wine spilled on carpetClothes

A little bump at a party and the next thing you know you've got red wine all over your ensemble! But don't stop the party to run home and remove the wine stain. Simply blot (don't rub!) the stain with a clean damp cloth to lift out as much of the wine as you can. Next, pour a bit of white vinegar on the red wine stain. It will likely remove most of the stain. When the party's over, be sure to treat the remaining wine stain with a bit of pre-wash cleaner, then wash as usual.

Fabric

The key to removing a red wine stain from fabric on a chair or couch is to treat it quickly. First, blot the excess wine with a clean, dry paper towel. Next, combine equal parts dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, then apply it to the wine stain and let it soak in for a few minutes before blotting it out with a clean dry cloth. If this does not remove the stain, repeat the process.

Tile AND grout

Removing a wine stain from tile is fairly easy but, if it soaks in, especially into the grout, it can get a little tricky. To remove wine stains from tile and grout, mix a small amount of dish soap with very warm water and wipe the stain with a sponge dipped in the soapy water. If that doesn't do the trick, mix equal parts bleach and baking soda, apply the mixture to the stain, and let it sit for five minutes. Then scrub the mixture into the grout with a clean, dry toothbrush and rinse with warm water.

Carpet

To remove red wine stains from carpet, pour some white wine over the stain to neutralize the red, and then blot up the excess wine with a clean, dry cloth. Finally, treat the stained area with some carpet shampoo and clean according to directions.

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