Cleaning up after a party does not have to be a daunting task even when red wine is spilled on white carpet. There’s no need to panic. Be sure to keep on hand a few basic items and party stains will not be a problem.
A Safe Wine Stain Remover Recipe
- Blot: The first step is always to blot the stain with a clean rag.
- Club soda: Attack the mess right away. Lift off any solids, then liberally pour on club soda. Blot with an old rag. The soda’s carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda thwart staining. If you have a spray bottle, spritz the stain with the club soda for more effective application and continue to blot.
- Spot Cleaner: Make your own by mixing: 1/4 cup liquid soap or detergent in a blender, with 1/3 cup water. Mix until foamy. Spray on, then rinse with vinegar.
- To Deodorize: Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the carpet or rug, using about 1 cup per medium-sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
- Borax: For really tough red wine stains on fabric, soak the tablecloth or garment in a solution of water and borax for several hours until the stain goes away. Launder as usual.
- Dried wine option: If the wine has had a chance to dry, drape the fabric over a bowl and then cover the stain thickly with powdered borax. Boil a kettle of water and then working from the outside in, pour the hot water through the clothing until you get to the center.
- Beer: Using a rag, soak up as much liquid as possible. Then saturate the area with a one to one solution of water and white vinegar and blot with a clean rag.
- Berries and fruit: Blot up as much of the food as possible and then apply a solution of laundry detergent and warm water. Blot again and then treat with equal parts water and vinegar. Repeat blotting with detergent mixture.
- Coffee and tea: Blot as much of the liquid up with a rag and then using a sponge soaked in a water-vinegar solution, pat the area. Follow that with soapy water if need be and repeat.
- Wax: After the wax cools, scrape up as much as possible. Then turn an unprinted paper bag onto the spot and lightly iron.