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The Art of Wine Stain Removal: A Guide to Effectively Tackling Red Wine on Cloth Napkins and Table Linen

Written by jd

Feb 26, 2024

The joy of sharing a glass of red wine with friends or loved ones can sometimes be accompanied by an unwelcome guest – a red wine stain on your favorite cloth napkin. However, fret not, as there exists a methodical and effective approach to bid farewell to those stubborn red wine marks.

Swift Action is Key: The cardinal rule in tackling red wine stains on cloth napkins is to act swiftly. The longer the stain sits, the more challenging it becomes to remove. As soon as the spill occurs, grab a clean cloth or paper towel and gently blot the excess wine without rubbing. This helps prevent the stain from spreading and sets the stage for successful removal.

Salt: A Quick Absorber: For an immediate response, sprinkle a generous amount of salt on the stain. Salt acts as a natural absorber, helping to lift the wine from the fabric. Allow the salt to sit for a few minutes, letting it absorb the liquid. Afterward, gently brush or shake off the salt, revealing a lighter stain.

Club Soda Magic: Club soda is a tried-and-true remedy for red wine stains. Pour a small amount of club soda directly onto the stain, allowing the carbonation to lift the wine from the fabric fibers. Blot the area with a clean cloth or paper towel, repeating the process until the stain begins to fade. Be cautious not to rub, as it may set the stain further.

Milk and Dish Soap Solution: Create a mixture of equal parts milk and dish soap to form a solution that can work wonders on red wine stains. Gently apply the solution to the affected area, allowing it to penetrate the fabric. After a few minutes, blot the stain with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse the napkin thoroughly with cold water and pat dry.

Commercial Stain Removers: For persistent stains, consider using a commercial stain remover designed for wine or protein-based stains. Power Orange + and Compass work well on stains, followed by a peroxide color safe bleach cycle.  Time in contact with the stain is important, because the enzymes present in the chemical need time to react with the stains.  You can contact us for those products, and advice on use.  Follow the product’s instructions carefully and, if possible, test it on a small, inconspicuous area of the napkin to ensure compatibility with the fabric.

Cold Water Rinse and Laundering: Once the stain has lightened considerably, rinse the cloth napkin under cold, running water. Cold water helps prevent the wine from setting into the fabric. Launder the napkin according to its care instructions, using an enzyme-based laundry detergent that can target any remaining traces of the stain.  Just please do not put the stained linen in the dryer until you are happy with the result.

In conclusion, the most effective way to remove red wine from cloth napkins lies in a combination of swift action and strategic stain-removal techniques. From salt and club soda to milk and dish soap solutions, each method plays a crucial role in minimizing and ultimately erasing the stain. With a bit of care and the right approach, you can salvage your cherished cloth napkins, ensuring they continue to grace your table with elegance and style.

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