After a long active day jam packed with activities, there’s no better way to relax than with a nice glass (or bottle) of wine. But that relaxation can be ruined by a simple spill. Everyone knows that red wine spills on clothes is bad news for the fabric. But don’t worry, there are some ways you can combat a stain before it sets in. The key is timing. The quicker you start treating a stain, the easier it will be to get out. Here are a few tips to help make sure you don’t have to get rid of your favorite shirt because of a bad stain.
Method One: Salt and Club Soda
The first and most well known option is to use salt and club soda. As soon as possible after you stain the fabric, sprinkle a heavy layer of salt over the area. Then pour club soda in the same spots. Let that sit for an hour and then remove all the salt from the shirt. Next blot up the remaining liquid using a washcloth. The two agents work separately of one another with the salt absorbing the spill and the club soda drawing it out of the fabric as you blot.
Method two: Cleaning products
Now this might sound unorthodox but cleaning supplies can be your best friend when it comes to getting out stains. If you don’t have any club soda lying around, grab a cleaning agent such as Oxiclean, Windex or Resolve. First make sure your clothes can withstand a powerful cleaning product. Fabrics of silk and wool should not use this method. Then sponge the fabric with hot water, blotting the stain out as best as possible. Next, apply the product to the area following the instructions on the label. This will ensure the best results.
Method Three: Vodka
Clearly we love using our vodka here an Jaxon Jovie. If you accidentally let the stain dry, try pouring vodka over it. As always, blot with a cloth. Continue to pour and blot until the stain disappears. The alcohol can dissolve the color pigments in the stain.
Now remember, time is the biggest thing to keep in mind. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get a stain out of a piece of fabric. On top of that, always blot the stain, never rub. Rubbing a stain will just make it worse. And if you spill on clothes that require dry cleaning, get it to a professional as soon as possible. We can’t guarantee these tips will get the stains out completely, but they’ll certainly do a damn good job.