The Basics of Wine Stain Removal
Alcohol stains such as wine are fairly difficult to
remove. This is because it is difficult to spot the stain when it is still
fresh as it remains colorless. By the time it begins to show it is not a new
stain anymore, and wine stain removal becomes that much more difficult.
However, there are ways of dealing with even old wine stains. Here are some
For wine stain removal, launder the fabric in hot water
(the hottest temperature that can be used for that particular fabric. Read
the garment care instructions on the label). Avoid soaps, as they might
react with the stain, making it more difficult to remove.
The fabric can be soaked in warm water in which an enzyme presoak product
has been mixed. This is especially useful for tough stains. Older stains can
be bleached away. (Before bleaching, check to see that the fabric is
colorfast and bleach-safe).
For wine stain removal,
launder the fabric in hot water
Rinsing thoroughly is essential as any residual sugars
will show up in the form of brown stains when the fabric is heated (e.g. in
the dryer, or while ironing). This happens because the sugar gets
Wine stain removal needs immediate treatment. These stains are initially
nearly colorless. However, they take on a brownish color with time. Washing
might lead to the darkening of the stain as well.
To deal with fresh stains, sponge the stained area several times with warm
water. For residual stains (if any), apply some glycerine on the stain and
lightly rub it for about 30 minutes. Thereafter, rinse it with warm water.
For older stains (which are usually more obstinate) sponge the dry cloth
with equal amounts of methylated spirit and ammonia. However make sure you
do a colorfastness test first. After the treatment, rinse the garment well.
Some people suggest that for red wine stain removal, you should pour some
white wine on it, blot it with a tissue, and then wash it with ammonia in
cold water. For white wine, wash it with ammonia and cold water.
But the most important thing to remember is that wine stains (like other
alcohol stains) must be treated immediately if you want a complete wine
stain removal. Don’t go and use the harshest methods immediately. Try the
gentler methods first. And always… always… always rinse the garment
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