Removing Red Wine from Upholstery
Applying a layer of salt to red wine stains on upholstery helps to draw the red wine out of the upholstery for a thorough removal of the stain.
What You Will Need Before You Start:
- Paper towels
- Clean, white cloths
- Mild dishwashing detergent
Once wine has been spilled on upholstery, it is essential to immediately blot the stain with paper towels to remove any excess wine. Work gently to keep from pushing the wine further into the cushioning. Pour a thick layer of salt over the stained area and allow to remain on the stain for up to an hour.
Vacuum the salt from the stain. Mix together one tablespoon of mild dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water. Use a clean white cloth to sponge the stained area with the detergent solution. If the stain is on a vertical surface, hold a dry towel under the stain to prevent the detergent solution from running down the upholstery. Blot the stain with a dry towel. Continue to alternate blotting with the wet towel and then the dry towel until the stain is removed. Once the wine stain is erased, blot the cleaned area with a towel dampened with water. Blot with a dry cloth until the fabric is dry to the touch.
Removing wine stains using salt is an easy and effective way to absorb the majority of the stain from fabric and carpet. Salt works to draw out the moisture, often removing a large portion of the stain as well. The application of salt also allows you the time to finish visiting with your guests before cleaning up the remainder of the stain. It is easily found in your pantry and safe for use on most fabrics and carpets.