red-wine-505296_1280Wine stains – we’ve all been there. A glass of wine carelessly knocked over in the middle of an animated conversation, an open bottle getting in the way of an elbow and over it goes…. contents are spilled onto tablecloths, sofa fabrics or fitted carpets. Disaster?

Red wine stains in particular can be hard to shift. As with most things, speed is of the essence to contain any damage. There are many ways to tackle wine stains quickly – table salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide have all been shown to be beneficial for stain removal.

We recommend that you follow these top tips in the first instance, then contact a professional cleaning company for advice and to remove any leftover stains.

  1. Blot up as much of the spilled liquid as you can as quickly as you can. Don’t rub from side to side, but blot in an up and down motion to minimise the damage. Work from the outside in to prevent the stain from spreading.
  2. For upholstery, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with a pint of cool water and sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, then blot until dry. Repeat the process until the stain has gone, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.
  3. For carpets, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into a pint of warm water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Apply a little at a time with a clean sponge, and blot frequently so that the area doesn’t get too wet. Repeat until the stain is gone, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.

It’s important to consider the material you are treating so as not to cause more damage. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for advice and make sure you consult a carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning professional – it’ll be worth it in the long run.

We’ve all done it, whether it was a spot of being careless with mud-tracked shoes or getting overzealous about telling a story with a glass of wine in hand. Spills and stains can easily ensue and are often more likely to occur in areas of your home where stains are never tolerated! Getting upset about a spillage doesn’t do anybody involved any favours so take a deep breath, think rationally and follow these three steps.

1. Act Fast

8318883471_f76a519abe_oAlthough we don’t always immediately notice spills after they happen it is important to act fast once you have seen the affected area.

Scrape up or blot up any excess spillage before applying any cleaners and never try to rub or scrub a stain out.

Blotting works wonders and will help you to get most of the spill out before resorting to more drastic measures! Work from the outside of the stain inwards to prevent it from spreading and if you are worried about wet spots, use a hairdryer to speed up the blotting process.

2. Don’t Panic

It is important that you act fast, but also equally important that you act rationally. Panicking leads to making rash decisions and silly mistakes that you will regret later. If you tackle the stain as best you can with the knowledge you have and it is still there, simply get in touch with a professional cleaner and they will be right over.

Trying to desperately remove the stain using extreme chemicals could only serve to worsen the situation, so if you can’t easily get rid of it using your household fabric cleaners, call in a professional cleaner who will be able to help you.

3. Always Read the Label

downloadYou might think this a superfluous point but it sometimes makes all the difference between a ruined sofa and a sofa swiftly saved. Read your labels! Before applying any chemical or natural product to your stain or spill, read the label to see whether or not it could be harmful to you or the material you are using this on.

Obviously, we rarely have time to do this in the heat of the moment, so read your labels beforehand so that you know exactly what you need when the time comes.
If your sofa or your recliner has a label detailing fabric care and maintenance guides, this might also be a useful source of information.

Some fabrics are dry clean only, whereas others react badly to particular chemicals. Getting an idea of what works and what doesn’t on your home furniture is really useful, especially when tackling a spill in good time.

Written on February 11, 2016 · Tagged: , , , , , ,