Orth Cleaners | Tips and Tools for Red Wine Stains
Tips and Tools for Red Wine Stains
Red Wine

Whether your Valentine's Day dinner was a great success, a total failure or something in between, it's possible some red wine may find its way onto a favorite shirt or blouse. Orth Cleaners is at the ready to help with these potentially problematic stains. But, before scheduling a free pickup by one of our friendly drivers, some pre-treatment likely is advisable.

"Red wine stains soak in and discolor fabric quickly, which can be a disaster for your favorite outfit," says Sarah Aguirre, a "housekeeping expert" at About.com. In her remedy for these particularly pesky stains, Aguirre suggests salt as a key tool for pre-treatment. Her three suggested steps:

1. Treat the stain right away.

If at all possible, treat a red wine stain immediately. The first step is to flush the stain with cold water. This makes it possible to treat the stain even if you are away from home. Your best bet will be to pour cold water through the back of the stain, but even putting it through the front of the stain is better than not at all.

2. Grab a salt shaker.

Blot the stained area with a clean cloth, trying to soak up any remaining red wine. Sprinkle salt onto the stained fabric and allow it to sit for two to three minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water while rubbing the stained area between your fingers. Repeat steps one and two until no more stain remains.

3. Treat with liquid laundry detergent.

Rub liquid laundry detergent onto the red wine stain and rub it in. Let it sit for three to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cold water. If you like, you can apply a stain remover stick, spray, or gel before washing the fabric according to the instructions of your clothing.

The creators of wikiHow also have some ideas (and short videos) on this topic. In addition to salt, wikiHow's suggested tools for pre-treatment of red wine stains include club soda, milk, shaving cream, and even kitty litter! (Use of these ingredients varies based on whether the stain is wet or dry at the time of treatment.)

" … red wine spillage is an inevitable byproduct of the drink's consumption. … Time is of the essence, so work quickly and effectively while combatting stains," says the wikiHow author.

Chocolate Gone Wild?
Chocolate Gone Wild?

If things get a little wild with chocolate this Valentine's Day, and some of the delicious treat stains a favorite piece of clothing, consider a bit of pre-treatment before having the item picked up by an Orth Cleaners driver. Some experts advise applying a simple solution of one cup of water and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid to the stain. If milk chocolate is the culprit, some sources suggest adding a few drops of ammonia to the solution. For dark chocolate, adding two tablespoons of white vinegar to the solution might be helpful. Other clothing authorities say the best way to battle a chocolate stain is to put the garment into the freezer to solidify the stain before gently scraping it off and applying some laundry detergent or a stain remover.