Drinking red wine may be good for your heart, but spilling it down your shirt is bad for the ego. Redeem yourself by eradicating the stain.
Step 1: Take it off Take off the article of clothing.
Step 2: Blot stain Blot the stain immediately—don’t rub—with a clean white cloth on both sides of the fabric.
Step 3: Pour white wine If you must continue wearing the garment before you can launder it, stretch the fabric over a sink or basin and carefully pour white wine, which will help displace the red color, over the stain.
TIP: If you don’t have white wine, and if the fabric can withstand it, stretch and secure the fabric over a sink or basin and pour boiling water from a foot or two above the stain.
Step 4: Blot with water Wet a clean cloth and blot the stained area from both sides of the fabric.
Step 5: Blot dry Blot the area dry with a cloth from both sides of the fabric.
TIP: If the fabric can normally be dried without shrinking, blow a hairdryer on the wet area to speed the drying process.
Step 6: Soak it If you’re able to change clothes immediately, skip the white wine and, after blotting the stain, soak the entire article in a sink or basin of cool water for up to 30 minutes.
Step 7: Use stain remover Treat the stain with stain remover, according to the product directions.
Step 8: Wash it Wash the item as you usually would.
Step 9: Check and treat again Before drying the item, check the stain—if it hasn’t been removed completely, treat the stain and wash the item again before drying.
TIP: For stubborn stains, pour a mixture of one part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide on the stain, but first dab a little on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it won’t cause discoloration.
Step 10: Dry it When the stain is completely removed, dry the article as you normally would. Cheers!
FACT: It takes 75 grapes to make one glass of wine.