A spilled glass of wine can wreak havoc on the aesthetic beauty of your flooring and furnishings. Although you can undo the actions that led to the spill, you can certainly undo the damages. Learning how to remove red wine stains from upholstery will help you preserve more of your cherished items. Best of all, it is often possible to remove these stains with simple, household items that most people already have in the pantry.
If the mess looks like it needs some professional attention then don’t hesitate to contact a carpet cleaning company. Even if that is the case, however, anything you can do immediately after the spillage can be helpful and may make the later job much easier.
It is important to clear up all of the excess liquid before you try to implement a stain treatment. This will limit the surface area of the affected space so that there is far less fabric for you to treat. Instead of using a towel to vigorously scrub your furniture, grab a handful of paper towels. These can the be used to blot the spill up gently. Use the first few paper towels to sop up the mess. These will come away fully saturated. Then can gently place a small amount of pressure onto the stain. Too much pressure could cause the stain to move even deeper into the fabric, where it can repeatedly bleed back through to the surface.
Lay the damaged item on its side so that you can apply various solutions to it without having these roll right back off. This is especially important if the stain is on the side of a chair that has to be treated vertically. Next, cover the area with as much salt as you possibly can. You will be able to see the colour from the wine leaching into the salt. The salt will draw the wine up until it looks like a lumpy, purple mass of clumps. This can then be brushed away with a dust pan and a whisk broom.
You will then need to apply more table salt. If there is too little moisture in the upholstered item for the salt to draw up, cover the salt and the fabric in club soda. You will need to sweep up the clumps of salt once they are doing drawing this moisture up and then repeat the process until the stain has faded. Always make sure that you are using cold club soda for this purpose. If you do not have cold club soda on hand, try using ice cubes to chill it. You can even place the ice cubes right on top of the spill along with the salt and soda.
Salt is very effective for breaking up discoloration. It can also be used in conjunction with baking soda. Baking soda helps to draw moisture out of carpeted and otherwise surfaces much like salt and it also has strong deodorizing properties. Those who drink wine in the home should always have a bit of salt, baking soda and club soda on hand for dealing with red wine emergencies.
In addition to drawing moisture out and away from treated areas, salt also breaks down the staining abilities of red wine. This means that you will soon be able to use other cleaning agents without fear of causing the stain to set. The away should be extremely wet and leaving it in this condition can result in mould and mildew development along with strong odours.
If you have a shop vac or handheld carpet cleaner at home, use it to suck up any remaining debris and moisture once the final application of salt has done its job. The stain will have faded considerably by this time. Spritz the area with a stain removal solution and allow this to sit. You can then shampoo the affected fabric so that it looks and smells like new.
There are some special considerations that you should make when using this method to lift out wine stains. Foremost among these are the recommendations of product manufacturers. Check the tags on your upholstered items or refer to user manuals or any online resources that contain care instructions. It may be the manufacturer has another, recommended method for addressing these problems that is specific to the type of fabric that is in place.
It is additionally important to find a stain removal solution that is specific to your needs. The wrong product can do far more harm than good. Certain formulas are ideal for dark, deep stains that are stubborn, and these are the ones that you should use. Finally, it is important to remember that prevention is always the best method when it comes to keeping upholstered items clean. Before problems like these occur, consider using a stain guard to prevent moisture from penetrating the surface of your upholstered items. You can even apply a stain guard once this problem has been resolved, and the area has dried.