We all enjoy a little wine every now and then. However, it's very dark, and tends to stain anything it touches quite easily. For many, this is a deterrent, and decide not to enjoy wine. While we should always be careful with drinks like wine, it's always helpful to know how to deal with spills and stains when they happen.
It is important when a spill happens to try to dry up as much excess liquid as possible. This is to prevent the wine from spreading, and potentially making a bigger, more difficult to remove stain.
After drying up excess liquid, it is not uncommon for wine to left, clinging to absorbent fibers. You may want to try drawing up the rest of the liquid with water. To do this, first fill a container with water. A spray bottle with a jet fitting is preferable, but anything will do. Apply water to the affected area, making sure to only spray the affected areas. Immediately after doing this, place a clean absorbent cloth over the wet area, and lightly pat the area. Repeat a few times until the stain is gone, or repeating the previous steps have no more effect. Before trying this, it is important to note that this technique should only be performed on carpets, area rugs, clothing, and mats, essentially anything absorbent material that does NOT contain padding. Please do not try this technique with mattresses or upholstery. While it can be done, you run the risk of spreading the wine to the padding, which would only spread the liquid more, resulting in a bigger stain.
Baking soda is a wonderful cleaning agent. While it's main use is for deodorizing places like refrigerators, it is also great for dealing with spilt wine. The technique is very simple, simply sprinkle baking soda over the affected areas, leave the piece to sit for about 5-10 minutes, then dab it up. You can also try adding baking soda, then adding vinegar, then finally dabbing the piece with a dry, clean cloth. This works because the baking soda will draw up and absorb much of the wine that has soaked into the material.
Fear of stains need not hold you back from enjoying wine. As long as you remember these simple tips, you won't even hesitate when reaching for the wine bottle!
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