How to get rid of red wine stains

At Property Crew we are fully experienced at cleaning just about anything you can think of. As a tenant, the usual ‘wear & tear’ of living in a property is of course normal but some accidents will inevitably happen. Getting your deposit back at the end of your tenancy always stands a much better chance of happening if the property is left undamaged particularly when carpets and upholstery can provide some of the biggest challenges.

Red wine, for instance, will stain fibres if it sinks into for too long, eventually they become permanent and will then “set.” The goal then is to “lift” the red wine off of the fibers by diluting it and wicking it away. Scrubbing is therefore a no-no.

It is good to treat a stain as soon as possible, preferably right away.

Fabric including clothes

1. Sponge the spot with cool water or soak for about 30 minutes in a basin of cool water.

2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

3. Launder. If it’s safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash.

Upholstery

1. Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible.

2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.

6. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

OR

1. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

2. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

3. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until the stain disappears.

Carpet

1. Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible.

2. Use plain water or mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.