Red wine can be very healthy and delicious to your health, but on the other hand, it can be the worst enemy to your sofa. You can never prevent the need of celebrating, which will mean that you are going to have a party. Here is when people could get over excited and end up spilling wine all over and leaving stains on your comfortable seats. One of the reason that red wine is a nightmare to fabrics is because some of them are blended with red dye, which makes it tough to remove them from the fabrics. However, there is a way that can help you to get rid of the tough stains of the wine. Loaded with the necessary materials, you will easily remove the marks on the fabrics.
• Gathering the Supplies
Prior to starting the stain removal process, you will need to get the necessary materials that will help you to remove them. Get some clean towels, water, table salt, mild dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, white wine and a vacuum cleaner. The vacuum cleaner should have a brush attachment for easier cleaning.
If the wine stain is on the cover, you can easily remove it and clean it in your washing machine. However the other part of the seat can also be removed without any complexity. However, for a quicker stain removal, you will be needed to work on it immediately, in order to avoid it staining deeper.
• Using Salt and White Wine
Once the drink has spilt, blot it immediately with a dry Terrycloth, but avoid rubbing the stain vigorously. If you rub it, the stain will be pushed deeper into the fibers of the sofa. Using white wine will neutralize the stain, which needs an instant move. Typically, the white wine will pull out the red tone off the sofa. Once you have poured the white wine, you can sprinkle salt on it and let it stay for a maximum of 15 minutes. The salt will suck out the stain faster compared to the fabric. When the stain has been absorbed by the salt over the desired time, you can then use the brush attachment of the vacuum. However, you should avoid leaving the salt for more than 15 minutes as the salt could give out stains.
• Washing or Using dry Cycles
For the slipcover that is stained, wash it in your washing machine. The setting will need to be warm, then add a half a cup of laundry detergent to get rid of the stain. But if the stain is on the back or the arm of your sofa, or if there are no slipcovers, you will need to use a different way. You will mix 2 tablespoons of dish detergent in warm water of about 2 cups. Stir the mixture well, then apply it to the area with the stain, then leave it to dry naturally in the air. Do not blow dry it or use other means to dry it. You can also place the cushion or sofa (if possible) in direct sunlight. The sun will help to fade the wet fabric.
• Working on the Smell
Since you might be using white wine in the process of cleaning the red wine, it might leave some smell on your sofa, after the stain is removed. The smell will can also be noted, even after using laundry detergent or a dish soap. However, this will fade out gradually as time goes by. Nevertheless, if you can still notice the smell, you might vacuum the area overly. Alternatively, if you have a sofa with bright colors, you can get rid of the smell by pouring baking soda over the area with the smell. But if you have a dark sofa, you may use coffee grounds to get rid of the smell.
Removing the stain is never difficult, as long as you remove it immediately. This will avoid the stain from getting deeper into the fibers of your fabric. Also, ensure that you don’t rub vigorously the stained area, which will also push the stain deeper. Therefore, when you have your next party, and you are sure of plenty of red wine, you would better keep the cleaning materials set in case of any spills. When using the white wine, use enough amount, in order to avoid the smell from remaining in the sofa for long.