- Step 1: Immediately blot the stain -- don't rub it, blot it -- with paper towels. Start from the outer edges of the stain and work your way in.
- TIP: If you don't have anything else on hand, pour a thick layer of salt on the stain to keep it from setting. When you have the proper cleaning ingredients, vacuum up the salt and follow the rest of the steps.
- Step 2: Mix together the dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, and warm water in a bowl.
- Step 3: Blot the mixture onto the stain with a clean white rag, starting at the outer edges of the stain. As you go, blot the same area with a dry rag or paper towels, alternating between dabbing on the cleaning solution and blotting it dry.
- 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 4: When the stain is gone, dampen a clean white rag with cold water and blot the area again.
- Step 5: Blot the area dry with another clean white rag or paper towels.
- Step 6: Stop blotting, you're done. Now toast your good work with a glass of wine -- just sip carefully.
- FACT: The tannins in red wine that make these stains are so stubborn they can even stain stone.
You Will Need
- Paper towels
- 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
- 1 tbsp. of white vinegar
- 2 c. of warm water
- A bowl
- A few clean white rags
- And some cold water
- Some salt (optional) (optional)
- And some hydrogen peroxide (optional) (optional)