Holiday Parties & Red Wine Stains

Red Wine StainIt’s time to start planning your Holiday parties. As you know, Holiday guests can be a little messy now and then. We have some tips on how you can plan ahead for some of the worst stains: RED WINE STAINS!

Red Wine On Carpets

So if a guest spills red wine on your upholstery, carpet, or stone floors, there are a few home remedies you can try to get rid of the stain. Deal with the problem immediately and do not let it sit overnight. Put some table salt, baking soda, dry soap powder or kitty litter on the stain right away. These dry substances will help “pull” the red wine out of your carpet. If this did not help, try milk. Milk has some absorption qualities. Pour some milk on the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, blot it up with a sponge or dry rag. Club soda, or “oxi” cleaners are other are other things you can try to combat the wine stain. If all else fails, mix about 3 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part dish washing liquid, then apply to your red wine stain. Let it sit for a while (think 20 minutes to an hour). Then, blot clean before attempting to fully wash out the mixture.

Red Wine On Marble Countertops

When a spill happens, blot the wine up quickly with a damp dish cloth. If you achieve this in under 30 seconds, there might be a slightly dull spot but there will not be a stain on your polished marble surface. It takes approximately 4 hours for a slight stain to begin to set in. The longer the wine sets, the duller the spot will be from etching, then the stain will result after approximately 4 hours. However, a stain sets almost immediately on honed marble.

Do not use an abrasive cleaner to clean the stain. Nor is it advised to use a bleach and ammonia mixture or anything that is acidic, such as a citrus or vinegar and water solution. However, a poultice can be made by mixing 12% hydrogen peroxide (the strength used to peroxide bleach hair) with talc powder to create a peanut butter- like consistency. Place some of the poultice on the stain, ½” thick, then cover it tightly with cling wrap and seal the edges with masking tape. Allow it to sit for 48 hours before removing the cling wrap, then allow it to sit for another day. Remove the poultice and clean the surface with dish soap and warm water. When it has thoroughly dried, the stain should have vanished. If it has not disappeared, then repeat the process.

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