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- Published: 07 January 2017 07 January 2017
Your guests celebrated the end of the year in style in your rental but, unfortunately they left some ugly red wine stains as a souvenir of their well doused evenings! Do not panic, a red wine spot is certainly harder to remove when dried, but there are effective old-time tricks that you can use to clean textiles, sofas, carpets, rugs, furniture, and so on. Here are some miracle solutions to remove stains from cotton, linen, leather, wood, wool, synthetic fabrics, fur, and seagrass.
Removing red wine from cotton and linen
Stop! Do not follow traditional thinking and put salt on a red wine stain as it can damage delicate cottons and linens. The simplest solution is to rub the stain with a soapy water mixture with a few drops of lemon juice added in. You can also rub the spot directly with Marseille soap. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse with clean water.
Removing red wine from synthetic textiles and fur
Pour a few drops of dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain and help the product penetrate the fabric by using small, circular movements. Leave on for about 10 minutes and rinse with clear water. You can also replace the dishwashing liquid with “terre de Sommières”.
Removing red wine from leather
Make-up remover (cleansing milk) is an effective product for removing red wine from leather; add a few drops of white vinegar or some 70 ° alcohol to the mixture. Dab the stain with imbued cotton wool, making sure to change the cotton out as soon as it’s dirty. Do not forget to nourish and oil the leather once you’re done.
Removing red wine from wool
Pour warm milk over the wool and let it sit for half an hour. Rinse with a sponge and soak the fabric with soap and water. Rinse again and let air dry.
Removing red wine from carpet
Several products can be applied to carpets in order to remove wine stains. One option is a mixture of half water and half 70 °alcohol. Another option is adding a few drops of dish liquid or using a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. Either way, let it sit for half an hour and then rinse with a sponge soaked in lukewarm water.
Removing red wine from natural fur
Sparkling water is your ally when it comes to cleaning fur. Dab the stain with a cloth dampened with sparkling water. Then use a cloth soaked in 70 ° alcohol. Absorb moisture with a dry cloth and allow to air dry.
Removing red wine from waxed wood
It is important to avoid damaging the wood by not using abrasive sponges and/or solvent and acetone. To start off with, try removing the stain by rubbing cork over it. If the stain persists, sprinkle it with baking soda, and then gently rub with a damp sponge. You can also try using black soap.
Removing red wine from seagrass
Sprinkle the natural fibre with some “terre de Sommières”. Leave for about ten minutes and then vacuum. If the stain has not disappeared completely, dab with a white-vinegar soaked cloth.